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Religion Capstone: Evaluating Sources

CRAAP Test

Once you have located a resource (book, article, etc.), you need to determine if you can use it in your research.  To do so, you must evaluate the source based on various important criteria - especially if it is something you found on Google.  Here is a useful test to help you determine if a resource is right for your project.

Currency:  How old is the information source?  How important is its currency to your project?

Relevance:  Does this information source contain information that you can use?  It may be good, scholarly data, but not have information that you need.

Authority:  Who wrote the information source, and who published it?  Is it an expert in the field?  Is it a scholarly press?  Be especially careful about this when evaluating web sources.

Accuracy:  Is all of the information correct?  To find this out, you will need to verify it with other sources.

Purpose:  Why did the author create this information source?  To inform, persuade, market?  Does this reveal any bias in the source?  This may or may not rule it out as a good source, but you must be aware of the purpose.

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