The CRAAP test is a test to check the objective reliability of sources across academic disciplines. CRAAP is an acronym for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. The CRAAP Test, adapted from the tool originally developed by Molly Beestrum, is helpful to use when trying to decide if a website or other resource is a credible, valid source. The CRAAP Test looks at four major areas: currency, reliability, authority and purpose. When determining whether a source is credible or not, evaluate it on those five areas. Here are some suggestions to help you through your evaluation process.
Remember: website domains can help you understand the source of the information you're looking at. For example, in order to have a .edu or .gov in your domain you have to be a college/university or governmental entity respectively. Other website domains like .com, .org, and .net can all be purchased. Don't assume that a .org is more trustworthy than a .com.
Purpose/Point of View
Adapted with gratitude from Molly Beestrum.
Consider the importance of currency for the following sources:
How relevant would the following sources be for your paper?
Are the following authoritative sources?
Consider what these points might mean for a resource's accuracy:
What do you think the purpose of the following could be?