Answered By: Lauren McFall
Last Updated: Sep 18, 2020     Views: 235

This is a very common problem when doing research online. It's easy to find lots of websites through a quick online search, but knowing which information to trust is the hard part!

In general, follow the CRAAP* method to decide whether or not a website is reputable:

Currency -- Is the information timely?
Relevancy -- Does the information answer your research question.
Authority -- Who is the source of the information?
Accuracy -- Does the information seem reliable, truthful, and correct?
Purpose -- Why does this information exist?

For a more comprehensive explanation of this see MiraCosta College's Intro to Web Evaluation.

*Thanks to the librarians of Cal. State Universitiy, Chico for developing the CRAAP website test!


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