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FASH 105 - Introduction to Textiles -: Writing Resources

Evaluating Sources: The CRAAP Test

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.

Citation Resources

Citing the sources you use for your research paper is important for several reasons:

  • It helps you avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is the use of work by another person without clear acknowledgment. It is a form of academic dishonesty and a violation of SCAD's rules of academic integrity. Properly attributing and documenting your sources will help you avoid inadvertently taking credit for another person's ideas.
  • It allows others to find your research sources.
  • It provides evidence to support your ideas and adds credibility to your work by showing that you have consulted reliable sources.

Should I cite images?

Yes! In addition to citing written sources (like articles and books), it's good practice to cite image sources as well.

How do I cite images?

The handout below, developed by the Writers' Studio, provides guidelines for image citation that are widely accepted at SCAD. The style manuals for APA, MLA, Chicago and Turabian styles can also be consulted regarding image citation.

Use these additional resources to help you organize your sources and guide you through the writing and citing process.

SCAD Writers' Studio

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.