When you search for information you will find LOTS!! You need to be able to evaluate and select the best material for use in your research and writing - both print sources and the information you find on the Internet.
The CRAAP Test was developed by the Meriam Library at California State University, Chico to help you evaluate the information you find. It is a list of questions that help you determine if the sources you found are accurate and reliable. Keep in mind that this list is not static or complete. Different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need.
On this page you can:
Read the list of questions in the CRAAP test (to the right)
Watch the video below about evaluating websites (using the CAPOW test!)
See other pages in this section with more detail on the CRAAP test questions:
Currency: The timeliness of the information
Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs
Authority: The source of the information
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content
Purpose: The reason the information exists
Another way to remember how to evaluate information on websites is CAPOW (Pronounced: KAPOW!)
This video from the Chapman Learning Commons at the University of British Columbia provides a framework for assessing websites:
Chapman Learning Commons. Internet Skills 1: How to Evaluate a Website. YouTube. U of British Columbia, 4 May 2011.
Download a copy of the C.R.A.A.P. test here: