Finding credible resources for research can be challenging.
Use this as a guide to help you with finding good, quality information.
Try Using the CRAAP Method in Evaluating Sources
C = Currency: The timeliness of the information.
- When was the information published?
- Has it changed, every been updated?
- Is it necessary for your topic to have current information?
R = Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
- Does the information directly relate to your topic?
- Does it help you answer questions?
- Have you looked at any other sources to find the best option?
A = Authority: The source of the information.
- Who is the author or publisher?
- Are they qualified to write about the topic?
- If it's a website, what does the URL say about the source (i.e. .gov, .org, .com, .edu, etc.)?
A = Accuracy: The reliability and correctness of the information.
- Is the information supported by evidence?
- Can you verify the information with another source?
- Is the author or publisher biased or unbiased?
P = Purpose: The reason the information exists.
- What is the purpose of the information? To entertain, persuade, sell, teach, or inform?
- Is the information fact or opinion?