CRAAP Test Handout

What is the Internet resource?____________________________________________

→ The CRAAP Test is a list of general questions to help you evaluate your resource. Use the following rubric to score each section as follows:

0 = worthless, 1 = questionable, 2 = acceptable, 3 = excellent.

_______ Currency: The timeliness of the information. Questions to consider

- When was the information published or posted?
- Has the information been revised or updated?
- Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
- Are the links functional?

_______ Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs. Questions to consider:

- Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
- Who is the intended audience?
- Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
- Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?  

_______ Authority: The source of the information. Questions to consider:

- Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
- What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
- Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
- Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
- Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? Examples: .com .edu .gov .org .net  

_______ Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content. Questions to consider:

- Where does the information come from?
- Is the information supported by evidence?
- Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
- Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
- Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
- Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?

_______ Purpose: The reason the information exists. Questions to consider:

- What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?
- Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
- Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda?
- Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
- Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?  

  • TOTAL SCORE = _______ Does this resource pass the CRAAP test? Why or why not?