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The CRAAP Test
The CRAAP Test is a tool for evaluating information you find online. Your analysis of a resource depends on the type of information or resource you need for your research project. You do not need to stick to scholarly resources, different types of resources are valuable in different contexts. It is important to think of whose voices are not represented in the conversation and where you can search to find diverse voices.
Currency - When was the item published? How current do you need your item to be?
Relevance - Is this related to my topic?
Authority - What authority/expertise does the creator have? What perspectives and expertise do you need for your research topic? Whose voices are missing from the research you have found so far?
Accuracy - What kinds of evidence does the source use? How does the information they include compare to other resources you have read?
Purpose - How would people use this source? What was the intention of the source creator?
Evaluating Primary Sources
Here are some questions you should ask when you are evaluating a primary source.
What is the item that you have chosen? Who created it? When? What type of materials is it created on?
Who was the intended audience for this source?
Consider the historical context of your item; investigate the object and any printed information. What is its historical context based on your own observations?
Whose perspective is presented in the items? Whose perspective is missing?
What questions for further examination/research come to mind when looking at the sources in front of you?