The CRAAP Test is a handy checklist (and memorable acronym) to use when evaluating a resource. CRAAP stands for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose and each category offers a series of questions to ask yourself when assessing the credibility of a resource. The CRAAP test was developed by librarians at California State University, Chico and has been adapted for inclusion in the table below:
- the timeliness of the information
- the appropriateness of the information for your needs
- the source of the information
- the reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content
- the reason the information exists
|Judge a resource on all the criteria|
You can use these questions to help decide if any type of information is good enough to include in your academic work.
Remember to look at all the criteria before making a decision - different criteria may be more or less important depending on your situation.
If you need more help with evaluating websites, try this evaluating information flow chart created by Cardiff University Information Services.