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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- Is the information current or out-of date for your topic?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.
Animal Diversity Web (ADW)
Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan
Encyclopedia of Life
Global access to knowledge about life on Earth
Bio Diversity Library
"The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community."
Field Museum Insects, Arachnids and Myriapods
Databases of over 8.3 million specimens from the Field Museum in Chicago that is searchable by scientific name, tribe, subfamily, family, order, region, country, or date collected.
Information system with key data on the biology of most species of fishes.
"Through the world’s best scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, National Geographic captivates and entertains a global community through television channels, magazines, children’s media, travel expeditions, books, maps, consumer products, location-based entertainment and experiences, and some of the most engaging digital and social media platforms in the world."
“Provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.”
“Searches over 36 databases and 1,850 selected websites, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information, including research and development results.”
quick reports and commentaries on the world of science from Scientific American.
Science library and personal learning tool that concentrates on genetics and cell biology, including advice about effective science communication and career paths.
Brings together stories, photos, and videos of Smithsonian scientific research that "asks questions and explores issues relevant to today and pushes the boundaries of human knowledge."
Compiled list of links provided by Harvard University’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Americans United for Life
Seeks to defend human life through vigorous legislative, judicial, and educational efforts, on both the state and national level.
Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity
A Christian bioethics research center at Trinity International University that explores the connection between biomedicine, biotechnology, and our common humanity.
The Hastings Center
Addresses fundamental ethical issues in the areas of health, medicine, and the environment as they affect individuals, communities, and societies.
Kennedy Institute of Ethics
One of the world's premier bioethics institutes and located at Georgetown University.
National Catholic Bioethics Center
Conducts research, consultation, publishing and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences from a Catholic perspective.
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
A leading religious voice for a woman's right to choose an abortion.