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ENG 151: Academic Writing (McLean): Reliability of Sources


Evaluation Criteria

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.

Evaluating Infomation - Applying the CRAAP Test

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Something to Think About

The evaluation tool introduced here is designed to be used with all types of resources. You  constantly need to be asking yourself the questions in the evaluation, regardless of the format of the material. We do put more emphasis on evaluating web sources, but each source you are going to use in your work should be evaluated with a critical eye. Don't just take what is written at face value; think about it.