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The CRAAP Test: The CRAAP Test
The CRAAP Test will help you evaluate information quickly and easily.
The CRAAP Test
What is the CRAAP Test?
The CRAAP Test is a way of assessing the quality of information.
It's a set of criteria/questions to consider to help you determine whether information is reliable and useful for your purposes.
What can you find out about them? What are their credentials or qualifications? Are they an expert in their field?
Is the author affiliated with any educational institutions or prominent organisations?
Can you find information about them in other sources? Do they have a good reputation?
Accuracy Is the information reliable, truthful, and correct?
Is the information supported by evidence and references? What reasons are given for statements/claims made? Be wary of information not supported by references
Was the information peer-reviewed—i.e., was it checked by editors or experts?
(Academic information is usually checked thoroughly before publication. Websites aren't usually checked by anyone).
Does the information reflect what other credible sources have said about the subject? Can you verify the information with other sources? Has anything been left out that might disprove or contradict any claims made?
Are there any statements that seem unlikely or false? Are there spelling or typographical errors?
Purpose Why does the information exist?
Is the information trying to sell you a product? Persuade you of a particular point of view? Entertain? Inform? (This will affect how the information is presented to you).
Is the information factual or based purely on opinion? Is it propaganda, meant to influence the reader for political, religious, cultural, or commercial reasons?
Is the information written with obvious bias or prejudice?
Is the language neutral/unbiased or does it try to appeal to your emotions?
Does the information you are using pass The CRAAP Test?