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Color Theory: Evaluate Sources

Evaluate Sources

Are your websites, books and articles accurate and trustworthy? Use the tips on this page to make sure.

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Evaluate Sources

Do your sources pass the CRAAP test?

When deciding whether to use a source, ask...

Currency - Is the information current and up-to-date?

Relevance - Does this source contain a lot of useful information, or is it too basic, complex or unrelated to my topic?

Authority - Who is the author/publisher of this source and what are their qualifications? Are they an expert on this topic?

Accuracy - Is information supported by evidence? How has it been reviewed or fact-checked?

Purpose - What is the purpose of this source - to inform, entertain, persuade, sell, etc.? Is this purpose clear or is the author trying to hide something?

If in doubt, leave it out!

CRAAP test developed by Meriam Library, California State University, Chico.