Whether you're researching a topic for an assignment or for your own use, you want information that is both useful
How do you determine these things? Use the CRAP Test to evaluate your sources.
The CRAP Test asks you to consider the following criteria:
Currency - the timeliness of the information
Reliability - the accuracy and correctness of the information
Authority - the source of the information
Purpose - the reason the information exists
This guide will provide you with tips for evaluating types of sources and help you ask the questions necessary to determine if your information sources are both useful and credible.
Remember: the CRAP test isn't a checklist, but a guide to help you consider whether a source is appropriate for your specific need.