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The CRAAP Test
Transcript of The CRAAP Test
The CRAAP test has
been developed by Meriam Library
as a guide for evaluating information
1. When was the information created?
2. When was it posted?
3. When was it last revised
4. Are the links active? (WEB)
How important currency is for your topic?
Are you working on a history or literature topic? (Primary (not current) sources might be more valuable than new ones)
Are you a scientist, journalist, doctor, computer specialist?
You probably are interested in the newest information in your field
How important is this information for your purpose?
Does it relate to your topic?
Is the information presented in the appropriate level (not too simple and not too complicated?
How comfortable are you in using this information for your research?
Who or what is the source
of the information
1. Who is/are the author/publisher
sponsor/source of the information?
2. Are they qualified enough to provide
3. Are their credentials clearly stated?
4. Is there contact information available?
In case of evaluating sources from the web, does the URL indicate who is the author or the source?
.com; .edu; .gov; .org; .net
How reliable is the
1. Where does it come from?
2. Can it be verified?
3. Has it been revised or refereed?
5. Is there a bibliography of works cited lists?
6. Is it free from bias?
7. Are there any typographical errors?
Why the information was created?
What is the function of the information:
to inform? teach? sell? entertain?
Are there any political, ideological,
religious, or personal biases?
Is the information objective
Use this test for evaluation of all
kinds of information.
C - Currency
R - Relevance
A - Authority
A - Accuracy
P - Purpose