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The C.R.A.P. Method: Things to think about when evaluating sources

Learning how to evaluate resources is a basic research skills and one of the most useful! The C.R.A.P. Method below is just one of many methods that can be used to evaluate a source.

Here are some questions to consider whan you are evaluating a resource. Having or not having some of these does not mean the source is good or bad. Remember to always evaluate the source as a whole source.


  • How recent is the information?
  • How recently has the website been updated?
  • Is it current enough for your topic?


  • What kind of information is included in the resource?
  • Is content of the resource primarily opinion? Is is balanced?
  • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?


  • Who is the creator or author?
  • What are the credentials?
  • Who is the published or sponsor?
  • Are they reputable?
  • What is the publisher’s interest (if any) in this information?
  • Are there advertisements on the website?

Purpose/Point of View

  • Is this fact or opinion?
  • the creator/author trying to sell you something?
  • Is it biased?


Evaluating Information