"Every man [and woman] should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him." -- Ernest Hemingway
Use the CRAP test to evaluate potential research resources:
* Currency -
o How recent is the information?
o How recently has the website been updated?
o Is it current enough for your topic?
* Reliability -
o What kind of information is included in the resource?
o Is content of the resource primarily opinion? Is is balanced?
o Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?
* Authority -
o Who is the creator or author?
o What are the credentials?
o Who is the published or sponsor?
o Are they reputable?
o What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?
o Are there advertisements on the website?
* Purpose/Point of View -
o Is this fact or opinion?
o Is it biased?
o Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?
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