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HUM 2020 - Professor Sandridge: Web Resources

Evaluating Sources for Credibility

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Evaluating Information

You can find tons of information online, but how do you know if it is any good?  Use the CRAAP test: 

Currency:

  • When was it published or posted?
  • Has it been updated recently?
  • Are the links functional?

Relevancy:

  • Is the info related to your topic/question?
  • Who is the intended audience?  (Academic/General public/Other)
  • Can you find better info in another source?

Authority:

  • Who is the author and what are their credentials?
  • Is contact information listed?
  • What does the URL reveal about the source? (.edu, .gov, .org, etc...)

Accuracy:

  • Did they cite their sources? 
  • Can you verify any of the info in other sources?
  • Is the information free of typos?

Purpose:

  • Is the purpose of the information to inform, sell, persuade, teach?
  • What are the biases? 
  • Is the informational content easily distinguished from the advertising content?

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