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Learn the key criteria for evaluating websites, then test your evaluation skills!
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The CRAAP Principles

Before you use a website as a resource, evaluate it with the five CRAAP Principles:

  • Currency: the timeliness of the information
  • Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
  • Authority: The source of the information
  • Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content
  • Purpose: Why was this written and for whom?

Download the document below for specific evaluation criteria.

 

The Importance of Evaluating Websites

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Putting information on the Internet is fast, cheap, and can be done by anyone with an Internet connection.

If you are using a website as a source in your paper or project, you need to think critically about where that information is coming from.  You don't want to base your paper off a biased opinion or cite a website that's simply a mask for advertising.

Instead, you want to find credible, up-to-date, relevant information that's written by an expert or an authority on the topic, whose claims are based in fact and supported by evidence.

To learn how to separate the good information from the not-so-good or downright bad information that you might come across online, start with the CRAAP Principles outlined on the left.  Download the linked document for specific criteria for each principle.

Once you've read about the CRAAP Principles, test your knowledge by comparing the pairs of websites in the exercises below.

Good luck!

Note: The following examples were borrowed from Castleton College.

 

Instructions for Exercises Below

As you compare the pairs of sites below, consider these questions:

  • What kind of site are you looking at?  Informational? Sales? Personal? Advocating for a cause?
  • Who is responsible for the information?  Look for an ABOUT page.
  • Which one is more appropriate for college assignments?
  • Which is more credible?
  • What factors helped you decide?

Exercise 1

Compare the following sites.  Use the questions in the Instructions box above to guide your analysis.

Exercise 2

Compare the following sites.  Use the questions in the Instructions box above to guide your analysis.

Exercise 3

Compare the following sites.  Use the questions in the Instructions box above to guide your analysis.

Exercise 5

Compare the following sites.  Use the questions in the Instructions box above to guide your analysis.

Exercise 6

Compare the following sites.  Use the questions in the Instructions box above to guide your analysis.

Exercise 7

Compare the following sites.  Use the questions in the Instructions box above to guide your analysis.

Exercise 8

Compare the following sites.  Use the questions in the Instructions box above to guide your analysis

Exercise 9

Compare the following sites.  Use the questions in the Instructions box above to guide your analysis

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