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How Do I?: Evaluate Sources

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The road to academic success is sometimes filled with potholes. Feel like you are stumbling in the dark?
Try the CRAAP test to evaluate the credibility of a resource!
Currency When was the information published?

Is the source recent enough for your assignment?

Relevance Does the information relate to the topic or answer your question?

Have you looked at a variety of sources?

Authority Who is the author/publisher/sponsor?

Is the author qualified to write on the topic?

Accuracy Where does the information come from?

Is the information supported by evidence?

Purpose What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain, or persuade?

Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?

The image at the top of the infographic is “detective” by  olarte.ollie. Published under a  CC BY-SA 2.0 license via Flickr. Amended from the original by cropping, addition of a speech bubble, and by animating the background. This infographic is an amended version of the CRAAP test created by the amazing librarians at CSU Chico's Meriam Library. Last updated June 29th, 2017.


Look at the date! Remember that certain subjects (e.g. health sciences or STEM) require more recent info.


Look at the scope of the work. Is it appropriate for both your topic and a college level paper?


Not familiar with an author or organization? Use Google to find out more about them!


Be wary of sites that make claims without providing sources for their information. Good sources back up their data!


Remember, the best info comes from unbiased sources who AREN'T trying to sell you something - whether it be a product or an idea.

CRAAP Test Handout

Ulrich's Web

Can't tell if a periodical is a scholarly, popular, or trade publication? Try Ulrich's Web! This easy to use library database will tell you! Click on the logo above or click HERE to access this useful database. You will need to log in via your myTCC credentials if you are off campus.

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