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Using CRAAP

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Checking Sources
Using CRAAP in your homework
Using Google
IDEA #1
Be Skeptical
Not everything you find on Google is useful
Anyone can create a website
Don't accept everything they say at face value
IDEA #2
Be Smart
Use sites that end with .edu, .gov, and .org
Don't rely on blogs and opinions
Use the CRAAP method often
IDEA #3
Be Careful
Avoid sites selling things
Always use anti-virus sotfware
Look before you leap - Check URLs before you follow them
What is CRAAP?
Does the content apply to the subject? Is it appropriate for the topic?
How recent is the information? When was it last revised?
Does the author have experience in the topic? What are their credentials?
Are there citations to use and verify? Can the information be checked?
Currency
Relevance
What is the information's purpose? Does it appear objective and unbiased?
Authority
Accuracy
Purpose/Perspective
Currency
Check the copyright (for articles and books)
Is it recent enough for your assignment?
When was the information created?
Relevance
How in-depth is the information?
Who is the intended audience? I.e. kids, researchers, etc.
Is this the only resource, or are there more?
Authority
What qualifications does the author have?
How reputable is the source?
Is the information within the author's expertise?
Accuracy
Are sources clearly cited?
Can you double-check the author's claims?
Is it written objectively and without bias?
Purpose/Perspective
Where is the author coming from?
What is the purpose of the information? Teach, convince, argue, etc.
Is the purpose of the information clear?
Using CRAAP