Evaluating Information--Applying the CRAAP
Test When you search for information, you're going to find lots of it .
The CRAAP acronym (adapted from California State University-Chico) stands for the components of the evaluation process: currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose.
It is presented in PowerPoint via a "chunked" lecture so staffers can address each segment of CRAAP.
Most were able to identify all five parts of the CRAAP evaluation process.
While convenient, the CRAAP
questions imply that high-quality sources are recognizable because they are constructed according to a rigid set of guidelines.
In both cases, the website evaluation piece was a full lecture on the CRAAP test.
Many students did an evaluation, but left out parts of the CRAAP test.
Instead of the librarian demonstrating a resource and manually putting it through the CRAAP test, the students were shown a presentation of an article about making pizza in a toaster oven.
worksheets are useful to evaluate websites and are a good place to start vetting Open Educational Resources.
Recognizing that students are usually going to start their search with Google, the librarians teach the CRAAP
method of evaluation (currency, relevance, accuracy, authority, and purpose).