Evaluating the Internet


All sources used in research must be evaluated for the following (CRAAP):

  • Currency
    • What is the date of the information? 
    • Is something more current available?
  • Relevance
    • Does the information relate to your topic? 
    • Is it at the appropriate level for you (too easy, too difficult)?
  • Authority
    • Who is the author/sponsor of the information? 
    • Are they qualified to write on the topic? 
    • What are their credentials? 
  • Accuracy
    • Where did the information come from?
    • Can you verify it in another source? 
  • Purpose
    • What is the purpose of the information - to inform, sell, persuade? 
    • Is the information fact, opionion or propaganda?