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
Search Engines: Like Google, Bing, and Yahoo search the entire web, they sift through entertainment, news, social media, and information of all kinds. The results can include books, journal articles, and newspapers just like the library databases. However, unlike databases, many of the results are not free, and it is often difficult to decipher whether the materials are appropriate for college-level research.
Library Databases: Have been created specifically for college research, and in LBC's case, the databases available to you were chosen by faculty and staff to fit your needs. Using the Library databases as well as the Library Search Box will allow researching over collections of journals, magazines, newspapers, books, and eBooks both scholarly and popular. Library databases also have powerful limiting options that can better specify the information you are seeking.