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FS 100 - College Success - Ogle

C.R.A.A.P. Test & Evaluating Resources

CRAAP MethodUse the CRAAP Test method to determine if a web resource is right for you. Evaluate sources based on the following points:
CRAAP Method

  • Currency: When was the information published? Is it up to date?
  • Relevance: Is the information what you're really looking for? Who is the material written for: academics, professionals, students, or the general public?
  • Authority: Who published, wrote, or edited the information? Is the author an expert on the topic?
  • Accuracy: Is the information reliable and accurate? Do other sources verify this information?
  • Purpose: What is the purpose of the information? Is it biased to one point of view?

Types of Websites

As a starting point for evaluating websites, one might use the part of the web address immediately after the "dot" (for example, .com) to try to determine the reliability of the information.






Commercial sites

Typically trying to sell products or make money through ads. 


Organizations, usually non-profit

Often have agendas, try to influence opinion, wide range of credibility


Educational Institutions

College and university information, libraries


Government Agencies

Statistics, public information, facts


Limit your Google search to .gov or .edu sites by adding or after your search terms:

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