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Library Orientation: Evaluating Sources

An easy access point to the LRD library resources.

Why does it matter?

Whether it's a scholarly article for an assignment or that article you saw on Facebook, it is important to critically evaluate the merits of any source. Not every article on a topic is a good article. And not every good article will serve your specific needs. Take the time to think critically about sources to determine their value, and their shortcomings

The CRAAP Test

The CRAAP test is a common test that you can use to evaluate sources.

CRAAP stands for:

  • Currency
  • Relevance
  • Authority
  • Accuracy 
  • Purpose


Sample Articles to Evaluate

Evaluate these sourcing using the CRAAP test worksheet and using the research topic "Identity in the Divergent Series"

Sample Articles to Evaluate

Research Question: The maternal mortality rate in the US is the highest in developed countries. What factors have contributed to it's increase, and what actions can be taken to reduce it?

Sample Articles to Evaluate

Research Question: What are the benefits and challenges of using drones in journalism?

Sample Articles to Evaluate

Research Question: What is the impact of a vegan diet on climate change?