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CRAAP Test- Evaluating Resources
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
- When was the information published or posted?
- Has the information been revised or updated?
- Is the information current or out-of date for your topic?
- Are the links functional?
Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
- Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
- Who is the intended audience?
- Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
- Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
- Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper?
Authority: the source of the information
- Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
- Are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations given?
- What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations given?
- What are the author's qualifications to write on the topic?
- Is there contact information, such as a publisher or e-mail address?
- Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? For example:
- .com (commercial)
- .edu (educational)
- .gov (U.S. government)
- .org (nonprofit organization)
- .net (network)
Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content
- Where does the information come from?
- Is the information supported by evidence?
- Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
- Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
- Does the language or tone seem biased and free of emotion?
- Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?
Purpose: the reason the information exists
- What is the purpose of the information? to inform? teach? sell? entertain? persuade?
- Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
- Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda?
- Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
- Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?
30-34 Borderline Acceptable
Below 30 Unacceptable
Note: all credit for the CRAAP test goes to the librarians who developed it at Meriam Library at CSU Chico.
National Institute of Justice. Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety
The MAPS program supports research that helps agencies use Geographical Information Systems to enhance public safety.
Partnering with thousands of law enforcement agencies across North America, CrimeReports is the premier crime map and anonymous tip network in North America. The CrimeReports network offers a family of tools that includes everything you need to provide – and manage – crime information to the public."--from the site
Criminal Justice Information Services
Criminal Justice Information Services. FBI.
Provides information on the types of resources needed to solve criminal activities.
Uniform Crime Reports. FBI
Several annual statistical publications, such as the comprehensive Crime in the United States, are produced from data provided by nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States.
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
CASA founded in 1992 is located at Columbia University. It studies and combats the abuse of all substances in all sectors of society. "The Center aims to inform Americans of the economic and social costs of substance abuse and its impact on their lives, as well as, remove the stigma of substance abuse and replace shame and despair with hope."
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
"NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. "--from the site
Office of National Drug Control Policy
"The principal purpose of ONDCP is to establish policies, priorities, and objectives for the Nation's drug control program. The goals of the program are to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences."--from the site
Office of Justice Programs: Substance Abuse and Crime
Drug use and crime are well-linked. The Office of Justice works to reduce substance abuse across the country through various grant programs. The Grant programs of the OJP are described at this site.
National Network to End Domestic Violence
"The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), a social change organization, is dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists."--from the site
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence: PCADV
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence & helping victims
Commission on Domestic Violence. American Bar Association
The Commission on Domestic Violence seeks "to increase access to justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking by mobilizing the legal profession."
Familly Violence Prevention Fund
"Works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence, because everyone has the right to live free of violence."--from the site
Provides easy-to-understand legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic violence or sexual assault.
Designed for three audiences--crime victims, volunteers, and victim service providers--crimevictims.gov provides a wealth of resources for each, including links to Web sites, publications, databases, and hotlines."--from the site
Victims Resource Center
"Victims Resource Center provides a comprehensive range of services to meet the special needs"