An essential part of the research process is looking critically at each source you find to ensure you are using information that is from a credible source, is accurate and relevant to your research topic. A good way to approach evaluating information is to use the CRAAP Test:
Currency: The timeliness of the information
Relevancy: 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
Evaluating websites can be more challenging than books or articles. With no editorial or review process on the web, it is all the more crucial to evaluate the information you find to ensure it is credible, reliable and accurate. For help, watch the short video from Portland Community College Library and check out the online tutorials below.
Portland Community College Library, Source: YouTube