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Research Process: Evaluating Sources

Source Evaluation Video

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Evaluating Sources Videos

To use or not to use...

Once you have started finding sources to use for your project, you will want to make sure that they will best meet your needs.


Here are a few criteria to think about when you are evaluating your sources:


Authority: Who produced this resource?  Are they qualified to provide information about this topic?  What are their credentials?

                           Example:  Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Organization       


Currency:  Has the resource been produced (or updated) recently?  For internet sources, are the links current?

                           Example:  Strawberry Pop-Tart Blow-Torches


Objectivity:  What is the purpose of this resource?  Is it designed to inform?  Entertain?  Persuade? 

                           Example:  Voluntary Human Extinction Movement


Accuracy:  Is the information contained in this resource complete and free of errors?  

                           Example:  All About Explorers: Christopher Columbus

CRAAP Test for Sources

The CRAAP Test

  1. Currency
  2. Relevance
  3. Authority
  4. Accuracy
  5. Purpose

TRAAP Test for Sources

The TRAAP Test

  1. Timeliness
  2. Relevance
  3. Authority
  4. Accuracy
  5. Purpose

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