Ask these questions* to help determine if a source is appropriate
* From Using Research and Evidence, the Purdue Online Writing Lab
How to evaluate information sources
Use the criteria below to help you evaluate the information you find to determine if it is appropriate for your research. Remember that different criteria will be more or less important depending on the topic or purpose of your research.
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.
The CRAAP evaluation criteria were originally developed at Meriam Library at CSU Chico.