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Source Evaluation

Suggestions for finding credible research for your papers

Avoiding Fake News

Questioning fake news

Avoid Fake News

Check the source

  • Is is a .com? .org? .edu or .gov?
  • Is the source from a Google search or did you use an academic database?

Use the CRAAP Test

  • Currency
  • Relevance
  • Accuracy
  • Authority
  • Purpose

Check the claims in the article

  • Can you follow up with the using reputable sources?

Question everything

  • Does the site have ads?
  • Is the source from a think tank or nonprofit that has a stake in the subject of the article?
  • What's the author's background?

Check any links in the article

  • Do they actually lead to information that verifies something in the article?



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