Using less credible sources to support design claims can lead to a less credible design. Before using any source, evaluate it for credibility. One method of evaluation is the CRAAP Test. The CRAAP Test tests the:
Use the worksheet below to help evaluate sources:
When doing research, people use a variety of sources. Popular articles are a good starting point and place to get background information. Scholarly or research articles are considered credible sources of information and can help support claims through research.
|Scholarly articles...||Popular articles...|
|are written by researchers, university faculty and scholars||are written by free-lance or salaried reporters and writers|
|use the technical language of a specific research area||use language the general public would understand|
|usually have a reference list and may be peer-reviewed*||rarely have a reference list|
*Peer-review articles are assessed for quality by researchers in the field before they are published. These articles are considered to have a high level of credibility.
Use Ulrichsweb directory below to help determine if a journal or periodical is peer-reviewed:
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