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
Ok. I'm looking up biographical information on a playwright: Stephen Schwartz. I stuck his name in google, and now I'm going to CRAAP test a few websites that came up. I'm rating each of the criteria on a scale of 1-10 (1 is lowest, 10 is highest). I'm also rating them first for how good that website would be for using in writing a 2 page paper, then again for how good it would be for using for a 10 min power point presentation.
Paper Power Point Paper Power Point
C= 10 10 C= 9 9
R= 8 10 R= 6 8
Au= 7 7 Au= 10 10
Acc=9 9 Acc=10 10
P= 9 (to inform) 9 P= 6 (to sell book!) 6
Total: 43 45 41 43
See: different websites (or books or articles) may have higher or lower ratings, depending on what your assignment is. If you need visuals for a power point presentation, and your website doesn't have good images you can use, the R rating will be lower, even if the info is good. It just doesn't fit the R (relevance) rating for your needs.