This is a toolkit for you to rummage around in, taking questions to ask and ways to think from each. No one set of questions has all the answers - it's up to you, the intrepid information explorer, to assemble your expeditionary tools, as you evaluate the information you find.
Information is created for a reason. Nothing slipped & fell and ended up on the internet, or in print, or on TV. It takes an act of human intentionality to create and publish information. This toolkit will give you a starting point to pull back the curtain on what you read, watch, listen to, or experience, and think about how you interact and respond to the information you find.
Created by Mike Caulfield.
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What type of content is this?
Who and what are the sources cited and why should I believe them?
Evidence: What's the evidence and how was it vetted?
Interpretation: Is the main point of the piece proven by the evidence?
Completeness: What's missing?
Knowledge: Am I learning every day what I need?
This method was created to help you think about different sources and how you might put them all together for your final product.
Exhibits or Evidence Sources
Adjectives & Adverbs
What's Left Out?
The CRAAP test is just one method to use when evaluating information sources. The tool was developed by the librarians at California State University at Chico. Note items with an asterisk apply to online sources.
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: the reason the information exists
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