I Evaluate Sources as I Search
I don't want to turn in my annotated bibliography and have my instructor tell me my sources are bad and that I have to redo all or a lot of my research. Instead, I evaluate the sources as I find them. Then I won't have to go back and redo my searches. I might have to do a little extra searching to fill out any "holes" in my report, but that will be easy.
Step 5: Telling the CRAAP from the Good Stuff
There are many evaluation systems around. You may have used some in middle school or high school.
Purdue OWL: Evaluating Sources
Oregon School Library Information System: Evaluate Sources
Kathy Schrock: Critical Evaluation of Information
QUICK: Quality Information Checklist
For this project, I'm going to use the CRAAP Test, a system designed by the staff of the Meriam Library at the University of California, Chico. See the bookmark handed out in class or visit the Web version.
- C = Currency
- R = Relevance
- A = Authority
- A = Accuracy
- P = Purpose
I evaluate each source as I add it my research log. I want to make sure that I only use credible sources, and it's easier to evaluate while I'm searching than to evaluate later and have to do additional research just before I finish writing my paper.
Test Your Skills!
- UCONN: University Libraries: Websites to Evaluate
- Anoka Technical College: Website Evaluation Exercise
- Milligan Library: Websites for Evaluation