Evaluating Information: Applying the CRAAP Test from Cal State Chico. Printable handout.
Use the CRAAP test (brief version):
* Currency: The timeliness of the information.
* Relevance: The appropriateness of the information for your needs.
* Authority: The source of the information, the credibility of the providers of the information.
* Accuracy: The reliability and veracity of the content.
* Purpose: The reason the information is published.
Evaluating Internet Research Sources
by Robert Harris
Summary of The CARS Checklist for Research Source Evaluation
from "Evaluating Internet Research Sources" by Robert Harris
Some exercises for practicing website evaluation skills
Tip: Look for an "About Us" page or equivalent
Compare these websites. Which are more credible and possibly helpful for a research project? Why? What factors help you decide?
Which of these would be most useful for learning about the threats to sea turtles? Consider if the information is substantial and what the purpose of the website is.