CRAAP TEST WORKSHEET
Use the following worksheet to help you evaluate your sources. Score each of the main categories 1 to 10 (1 = Worst; 10 = Best). Check your scores with the key at the bottom.
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
30-34 Borderline Acceptable
Below 30 Unacceptable
Congressional Directory (FDsys) Includes short biographies of each member of the Senate & House; Committee memberships, terms of service, administrative assistants and/or secretaries, & room & telephone numbers for Members of Congress; Lists officials of the courts, military establishments, & Federal departments & agencies, including D.C. government officials, governors, foreign diplomats, & members of the press.
Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress Historical directory, dating from 1774 to present, of biographical information about members of Congress.
U.S. Congress (Project Vote Smart) Searchable database about members of Congress
Congressional Pictoral Directory 105th Congress to Present, including the New Member Pictoral Directory
Congress.org Congressional Directory Look up your lawmakers and track their votes.
Congressional Record -- Daily (Govinfo.gov) Daily record 1994-present. Includes the "Daily Digest" which summarizes each day's floor and committee activities.
Congressional Record -- 1973 to present (Congress.gov)The Congressional Record (101st Congress to present) can be browsed or searched one congress at a time.
Congressional Record -- Bound Edition (Govinfo.gov)The Congressional Record (from 1873) can be browsed by date or searched as a collection.
Congressional Globe Predecessor to the Congressional Record. Covers 1833-1873. Contains summaries until the 32nd Congress (1851-1853) when the text became almost a transcript. (In Jerome Library, Print & Microfilm, X72-X179)
Register of Debates Predecessor to the Congressional Record. Provides summaries of Congressional proceedings, 1824-1837. (In Jerome Library, X43-X71)
Annals of Congress Predecessor to the Congressional Record. Covers 1789 - 1824, 1st - 18th Congress. Paraphrased proceedings of Congress. (In Jerome Library, print & microcard, X1-X42)
House Journal (Govinfo.gov) A record of the proceedings of each legislative day in the House of Representatives
Senate Journal The minutes of the actions on the Senate floor.
Compilation of Presidential Documents (Govinfo.gov) Searchable full text version of documents that includes statements, messages and other Presidential materials, 1993 to present.
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (FDsys) Presidential writings, addresses, and remarks of a public nature, 1991 forward.
U.S. Serial Set (ProQuest Congressional) Historically, the U.S. Serial Set has included a broad miscellany of executive branch publications, varying considerably over the years. In some 19th-century Congresses it formed over half the Set, but in recent decades it has been quite small.