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Navigating Our Digital World - Fall Conference 2017: Evaluate

Explore how to find, verify, and manage digital information for research and learning.

Fake news?

Cover of Weekly World News from Google Books search.

CRAAP Test (really!)

The CRAAP test, originally developed by librarians at California State University, Chico, is a simple, memorable checklist for evaluating a source's reliability. When evaluating a source, we should examine its:

  • Currency: Is the information up-to-date?
  • Relevance: Does the information actually relate to my topic? Is it audience-appropriate?
  • Authority: What is the source of the information and what are the author's qualifications?
  • Accuracy: Does the source give supporting evidence and cite other relevant sources?
  • Purpose: Are there evident biases?

Online news subscriptions for CC community

Between library subscriptions, college deals with the publishers, or the publisher's generosity, you can access some leading news sources directly on their websites by creating an account with your CC email address.