Criteria for evaluating sources

There are many criteria that should be considered when evaluating information resources. California State University at Chico uses a catchy acronym that can help you remember some of these criteria. They call it the CRAAP Test.

The CRAAP test is "a list of questions to determine if the information you have is reliable." The following screens will go through each of these criteria:

  • Currency
  • Relevance
  • Authority
  • Accuracy
  • Purpose

These criteria apply to all resources, especially to Web sites.

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