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Evaluating Websites - CRAAP Method

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Rebecca Richardson

on 20 June 2017

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Transcript of Evaluating Websites - CRAAP Method

"I need a website, how do I
know if it's a good one?" - A. Student

Closer Look:
C – Still no idea of date, but this is a history paper so historical information is okay
R – School age children appear to be the audience
A – Not sure who wrote this, but the page is hosted by Stormfront (who is Stormfront?)
A – Definite emotion in writing, uses exclamation points
P - Propaganda
Currency – Is this page current?
Relevancy – Is this page relevant?
Authority – Who is the source?
Accuracy – How reliable and truthful is the information?
Purpose – Why was it written?
The reason the information exists
What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?
Do the authors / sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda?
Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?
P - Purpose
The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content
Where does the information come from?
Is the information supported by evidence?
Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
Can you verify the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?
A - Accuracy
The source of the information
Who is the author / publisher / source/ sponsor?
What are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations?
Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? (i.e. .com .edu .gov .org .net)
A - Authority
The importance of the information for your needs
Does the information relate to the topic or answers questions?
Who is the intended audience
Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
Would you be comfortable citing this source in your research?
R - Relevance
The timeliness of the information
When was the information published?
Has the information been revised or updated?
Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
Are the links functional?
C- Currency
The CRAAP Method of Evaluating Sources
Can be applied to all sources, but especially web related sources
Evaluating Websites
Stormfront has the motto: White Pride World Wide

This gives a whole new perspective to the answers:
C – There is still no date for publication of this page nor the updating of it
R – Are you a White Supremacist or are you writing a paper about the White Supremacist views of Martin Luther King, Jr.?
A – The source of the information is Stormfront, a group of White Supremacists
A – This information is bound to be biased toward their ideology
P – This is propaganda. Not a good source for scholarly research
First Impression:
Looks like a good website.

Let’s look at it using the CRAAP Method:
These are the things that jumped out at me.
C – No idea how current the page is?
R – It looks to be relevant
A – No idea who the author is?
A – Citation to Newsweek and links to the Civil Rights Library
P – Educate
Gettysburg College. Evaluating Web Resources. 2010. http://www.gettysburg.edu/library/research/tips/webeval/index.dot
Anyone can publish on the internet
No one reviews the content of the internet
Pages are retrieved by search engines on the page’s content, not the relevancy or quality of the page.
The information on the web is not updated regularly
Why Evaluate Web Sources?
Let's look at an example:
By Becky Richardson
Murray State University
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