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A catchy acronym to help you remember criteria to evaluate resources (print or online) is CRAAP. C = Currency, R = Relevance, A = Authority, A = Accuracy, P = Purpose

The CRAAP Test was created at the Meriam Library, California State University, Chico, and can be used to evaluate almost any type of information! CRAAP Criteria Written Out to Reiterate what the acronym means


Should I believe this, or is it CRAAP?

C = Currency: How current is the information? When was it last updated?

R = Relevance: Relevancy to the topic

A = Authority: Who wrote (authored) the info? What are their credentials?

A = Accuracy: The reliability / correctness of the content

P = Purpose: Is the info supposed to educate, sale, sway?

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Before you believe it, cite it, share it, "like" it, or download it - put resources through the CRAAP Test!