Are your websites, books, and articles accurate and trustworthy? 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.
Citing the sources you use for your research paper is important for several reasons:
Use these additional resources to help you organize your sources and guide you through the writing and citing process.
The SCAD Writers' Studio offers assistance with all aspects of the writing process.
Services are available to students in all SCAD locations, and how-to resources are available on their department website within MySCAD.