Evaluating Sources

Measuring Quality of Research

  • Peer-review process
  • Citation counts
    • Seminal papers
    • Methods papers
  • Reputation
    • Author
    • Journal
  • Your own expertise
    • Questions to consider
      • Is there sufficient context (background) provided?
      • Is the rationale compelling?
      • Is the objective/hypothesis clear?
      • Are the methods appropriate for achieving the objective/testing the hypothesis?
      • Are the results well presented?
      • Are the authors’ conclusions supported by the data?
      • Is the objective achieved/hypothesis tested?
      • Are any limitations discussed?
      • Are there citations and references?
      • What are the broader implications of the work?

CRAP Test for evaluating online information

  • ​Currency
  • Reliability
  • Authority
  • Purpose

Activity

Content last reviewed: October 1, 2020