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CNX 211: The Life (and Death?) of Public Education in America

Who Are These People?

When considering using information freely available on the internet,

it is useful to ask "Who are these people?" when assessing the information for your use!

The CRAAP Test: Criteria for Evaluating Information

Currency   

When was the information published or updated? Are the references to other sources up to date? Does currency matter for your topic?  Are all of the links functional?


Relevance/Coverage  

Is this source relevant to your research question? Does the source meet the requirements of the assignment? Is the information too technical or too simple? Who is the intended audience? Does it add to your knowledge of the topic?


Authority

Who is the author? Is the author part of an educational institution or an organization? Can you find information about the author on the internet or with other resources? How often is this author cited? The author may be an individual or an organization.  Does the URL reveal anything about the site? (e.g., .com, .net, .gov, .org, .mil)


Accuracy 

Is this information correct and reliable? Is it supported with evidence? Are there spelling or grammar errors? Was the information reviewed or edited before it was published? What are other authors writing about the topic?


Purpose/Objectivity 

What is the purpose of the information? Is it designed to sway your opinion? Does it project a bias? Are there other points of view presented?  Can one determine from what sources the organization is funded?

The CRAAP test was creatd by California State University, Chico