Great question. A "good" source is both credible and relevant.
Relevancy means the source helps you answer your questions, learn widely about your topic, and think about your topic in new ways.
Credibility, when applied to an information source, means trustworthy. Trustworthiness is tricky to determine. Some evaluative questions to keep in mind include:
Ultimately it is up to you to determine — using research and your own critical judgment and The CRAP Test — whether a source is credible or not. And "credible" can mean something and look different to everyone. Your instructors expect you to use credible, authoritative information in your projects and papers, so be upfront and clear about why you trust the information your choose to use.
CCC Librarians are here to help you with this question, too. ♥
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Evaluating information is especially important when completing projects and assignments in college (and at work!) because you will be evaluated on the quality of sources you use. The CRAP Test is a helpful tool to use when deciding if a source is "good." CRAP stands for Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose.
When you evaluate a source, consider these four concepts by asking yourself a few questions about each.
Purpose / Point of View
CRAP Test adapted from Beestrum, M., & Orenic, K. (2008). The CRAP test. Available from http://commons.emich.edu
CRAP not your style? There are many methods to evaluate information sources. Some of CCC Librarians' other favorites are listed below.
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