Web Evaluation - Evaluate The CRAAP Test

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The CRAAP Test is a test to check the actual authenticity of learning sources across academic disciplines.

Due to the vast number of sources existing online, it can be difficult to tell whether these sources are trustworthy to use as tools for research.

CRAAP is an acronym for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. Use The CRAAP Test to evaluate your sources.

Evaluation of Websites

With the report of data observed on the web from various sources, exploring the web for additional information is now part of everyone's analysis process. The Internet allows fast, easy access to full-text content.

The web is unmonitored and random. Not all information is produced equal and not all websites are created equal. The WCC administrators highly suggest that you start your research with certain reports and books to get a solid background about your subject.

With that knowledge, assessing the web becomes much easier. Start your research at the Bailey Library website. Remember, anyone with a little knowledge of how to design a website can create content for the web. No one polices the web for "wrong" data, e.g. no equal review, no editing, no review process at all.

Also, remember that there are several valuable data on the web. Learning to search more efficiently is the key to finding quality data on the Web.

CRAAP Test


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When you search for information, you're going to find lots of it, but is it good information? You will have to decide that for yourself, and the CRAAP Test can help. The test is a list of issues to help you assess the information you find.

Different models will be more or less important depending on your situation or demand. Use the CRAAP Test questions to ask yourself when determining whether or not a source is reliable and trustworthy enough to use in your academic research paper or speech.

CRAAP stands for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. Use the CRAAP Test below to evaluate the information you find.

CRAAP Test - Currency


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In this case, the currency has nothing to do with money. Here, currency refers to the timeliness of the source.
In other words, when was it written? Unless you’re critiquing a specific source or you are using it for a historical overview, you’ll want to find the most recent information possible.

If you’re ordering a website, it might not be that easy to find the date the source was originally written. But you ought to be ready to find the date the knowledge was last updated. Check rock bottom of the webpage for a date when the knowledge was created or last updated.

CRAAP Test - Relevance


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This may sound a touch too obvious, but you’ll get to ask yourself whether the source has relevancy to your research. Just because you’re writing a paper about minimum-wage laws and the title of the article includes the words “minimum-wage laws,” you can’t automatically assume the content of the article meets your needs.

The article might explain the reasons that minimum charges laws were created. But if you’ve already located a source about the history of the law to use as background information, the article might not provide any new or useful information for your paper. You’ll also need to consider the expected audience and whether the source is written at a suitable level.

CRAAP Test - Authority


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I have it on testimony that evaluating the authority of an internet site means quite simply locating the author of the article or site. Knowing the name of the author doesn’t do one much good if that’s all you recognize. Start your review of the site’s authority by watching the author’s credentials.

Does the author have a degree within the field?
Does he or she work in the field?
Has the creator written other objects or books about the subject?

CRAAP Test - Accuracy


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Does this source hit the mark?
Is the information correct?

Before you opt whether you would like to use the source in your essay, check to ascertain whether you'll verify the knowledge. If one source states 75% of college students don’t bother to purchase the required textbooks for their courses and another source states roughly 10% of students don’t purchase textbooks, look to see how the statistics were gathered and check out to verify which source is correct.

CRAAP Test - Purpose


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No, don’t spend some time now asking what’s the aim of writing a search paper. Now is the time to ask why your possible essay source was published.

Was it written to inform readers?
Does it use fair, honest language?
Or is the plan to influence?
Does the author use strong or manipulative language to convince readers?
Again, this is particularly important when evaluating websites. Does the website exist only to sell you something?
Is it trying to market a political or moral schedule?

Enough of This

CRAAP If you use crappy sources, you’ll end up with a crappy paper (and most likely a crappy grade). Apply the CRAAP Test to assure you’re using reliable sources for all of your assignments.

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