You should always be using your critical thinking skills when you are looking for sources to help you decide: Should I use this for my assignment?
You can use the C.R.A.P test to help you:
- Currency: is the information up to date? If the source is older, is there likely to have been changes since it was created?
- Reliability: does the publication cite sources, back up their information...
- Authority: who created this? If individual author: who are they? what are their credentials? If a collective author: what can you find out about the organization?
- Purpose/Point of View: Who is the intended audience? Is this meant for high school students? Is it meant for other researchers? Is there any bias? Is a particular point of view being pushed?
Watch our video for a more detailed explanation: