Warner Pacific College

Library Research Guides

How To Evaluate Sources: Overview


Why is evaluating your sources important?

  •  Anyone can publish anything on the Internet. Just because you found it on the Internet does not mean it is accurate, reliable, or true.
  • You need the best resources for your project/paper.
  • The best resources keep the following C.R.A.A.P. criteria in mind: 
    • CURRENCY- the timeliness of information
    • RELEVANCY- the importance of the information to your needs
    • ACCURACY- the reliability, truthfulness and correctness of your information
    • AUTHORITY- the source of information
    • PURPOSE/POINT OF VIEW- the reason your information exists

Practice the C.R.A.A.P. Test

The C.R.A.A.P. Test was developed by librarians at CSU Chico. 

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