The CRAP Test

evaluate your website information

The CRAP test is a way to evaluate a source based on the following criteria: Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose/Point of View. Below are some questions to help you think about how to measure each of the criteria.


Currency

  • How recent is the information?
  • How recently has the website been updated?
  • Is it current enough for your topic?



Reliability -

  • What kind of information is included in the resource?
  • Is content of the resource primarily opinion? Is is balanced?
  • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?



Authority

  • Who is the creator or author?
  • What are the credentials?
  • Who is the published or sponsor?
  • Are they reputable?
  • What is the publisher’s interest (if any) in this information?
  • Are there advertisements on the website?



Purpose/Point of View -

  • Is this fact or opinion?
  • Is it biased?
  • Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?



Source:

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