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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- Is the information current or out-of date for your topic?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.
Best Bet Sites
Authors and Illustrators
Offers short biographical sketches of various Houghton Mifflin Children's and Young Adults Authors and Illustrators.
Biographical Sketches of Authors with Selected works.
Newsletter distributed by bookstores and libraries. Includes biographical profiles and interviews with authors.
American Booksellers Association
Carol Hurst's Children's Literature
Directed toward teachers and librarians.
The Picture Book Database brings picture books and readers together, helping you find the best picture books. They track data about picture books that is difficult to find elsewhere. While there are portions of the site that are subscription only, there is a wealth of free information provided.
HarperCollins Children's Books site features an extensive A-Z list of Authors/Illustrators and links to their official websites.
Fairrosa Cyber Library of Children’s Literature
This site is maintained by a librarian and contains e-Books in a selection of subject areas and links to journals and magazines, as well as book reviews, author and illustrator pages and links to other children’s literature resources.
Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature
Contains a list of over 4,000 records with summaries of award-winning literature from five different countries and allows very specific searches that can be limited by author, setting, time period, age level and a variety of other search criteria.