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
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Peer-reviewed articles are published to inform other scholars and students in higher education of new research and findings. The process of peer review helps to ensure that each published article is unique, accurate, credible, and objective.
Characteristics of a Peer-Reviewed Article
Learn how to efficiently read peer-reviewed articles:
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