Evaluating information--applying the CRAAP
CRAAP Test Evaluating Information-- Applying the CRAAP Test When you search for information, you're going to find lots of it ...
Further, lengthy lists of questions (the CRAAP test includes 25 items, for example) are impractical.
The tools we have taught students to use to assess news sources, such as the CRAAP
test, are largely incompatible with this new ecosystem.
acronym (adapted from California State University-Chico) stands for the components of the evaluation process: currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose.
While convenient, the CRAAP
questions imply that high-quality sources are recognizable because they are constructed according to a rigid set of guidelines.
Known by the acronym CRAAP
, it helps students address currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose in the information they encounter.
test (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose) is widely used to evaluate the quality of information.
At William Patterson University, the backbone of our website evaluation instruction is the often-used CRAAP
test adapted from California State University-Chico ("Evaluating Information--Applying the CRAAP
Test," California State University-Chico, www.csuchico.edu/lins/ handouts/eval_websites.pdf; September 2010).
The process is to review resources for their Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose (CRAAP
Evaluation of resources is an important part of doing research, and in this section, we include a video by McMaster Libraries called How Library StuffWorks and an image that explains how to evaluate information using the CRAAP
Test (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose).
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).