Need a good way to evaluate a source? Take a look at its “craap”!
The C.R.A.A.P. method is a way to determine the validity and relevance of a source. C.R.A.A.P. stands for
- C: Currency. When was the information published?
- R: Relevance. How relevant to your goals is the information?
- A: Authority. How well does the author of the information know the information?
- A: Accuracy. How reliable is the information?
- P: Purpose. Why does this information exist in this way?
If the source you’re looking at is fairly current, relevant, and accurate, it’s probably a good source to use. Depending on the aim of your paper, you’ll be looking for an authority and purpose that are unbiased and informative.