The following criteria can be applied to information that you find in books, magazine and journal articles, and websites.
- How recent is the information?
- When was the resource written/created/updated?
- Is the resource current enough for your topic?
- What kind of information is included in the resource?
- Is the content of the resource primarily opinion? Is it balanced or biased?
- Does the author provide references or sources for data or quotations?
- Who is the creator or author?
- What are the credentials (education, affiliation, experience, etc.)?
- Who is the publisher or sponsor?
- Are they reputable?
Purpose/Point of View
- Popular or scholarly treatment. What is the level of writing and intended audience?
- What’s the intent of the information (to persuade you, to sell you something, etc.)?
- For Web resources, what is the domain (.edu, .com, .gov, etc.)?
- Is the author/creator presenting fact or opinion?
Does your information source pass the C.R.A.P. test?
Based on http://loex2008collaborate.pbworks.com/w/page/18686701/The%20CRAP%20Test