The CRAAP Test: Critically evaluating information sources - transcript
[Caption] The CRAAP Test. Critically evaluating information sources. QUT Library]
Not sure how to identify quality information for your assignment?. Be it a journal article, website, book or blog put your information through the CRAAP Test - to identify the currency, relevance, authority, accuracy and purpose of your sources.
- When was the information published or posted?
- Has the information been revised or updated?
- Is the information current or out of date or too old for the project?
Is the information related to your research topic?
- Is it an in-depth examination or a quick summary?
- Who's the intended audience? The general public, a student, researcher or industry?
- Is the level of information too basic or advanced?
Consider who wrote or published the information.
- Can you identify the author?
- Are they an expert in their field?
- What else have they written on the topic?
- Can you verify the author's credentials or the organisation they represent?
[Image] Are they an "Internet Crackpot" or a "QUT Professor"?
Is the information reliable and correct?
- Can you verify claims in the information in other sources?
- Is there a reference list citing their supporting evidence?
- Do they outline the methods and data used in their analysis?
Is the intention of the information to entertain, inform, educate or perhaps sell an idea or product?
[Image] Financial Times Newspaper, OK Magazine and Nature Journal stacked on top of each other.
- C - Currency
- R - Relevance
- A - Authority
- A - Accuracy
- P - Purpose
Try out the CRAAP test to critically evaluate your sources.
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[Caption] Credits. Joplin, S. (1902). Original Rags, On Rag time dance [MP3]. St Louis, Missouri. John Stark & Son.]
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