Evaluating Online Sources – Applying the CRAAP Test
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Digital Literacy is a key and integral skill for anyone that is online. An excellent tool for evaluating online sources is the CRAAP test, developed by Cal State University at Chico. When examining online material, you must evaluate:
Currency – How timely is the information?
Relevance – Is the information important for your needs?
Authority – Who is the author/publisher?
Accuracy – How reliable is the content?
Purpose – Why does this information exist?
For a great expansion on the evaluation process, see the PDF published by Chico. There is also an excellent tutorial for applying the CRAAP test in your online research here.