Answered By: Lauren Fowler
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2015     Views: 13

Always be skeptical, and consider the questions below:

  • Authority: Who is responsible for creating the web page? Is there a publisher or sponsor of the web page? Can you find information about the author and publisher? 
  • Audience: Who is this web site created for? Is the content geared towards an age group or population group? 
  • Accuracy: How does the information compare to other sources?
  • Content: What is the content of the web site: images, articles, a blog? The type of domain (.edu, .gov, .org) may provide some clues about the information.  Can you detect a bias? Are there cited references?
  • Currency: How recent is the web site? Is there information on when it was last updated?

The CRAAP Test from California State University, Chico (see attached PDF) can help you evaluate information based on these, and other, factors.

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