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CSCD03: Social Impact of Information Technology

Evaluating Resources

Evaluating resources for credibility is an important step in academic research. There are several points to consider when deciding if an resource is credible.

One useful model is the CRAAP test:

Currency - when was the resource created?

Relevance - did the author(s) have my question in mind?

Authority - who is the creator(s), what are their qualifications?

Accuracy - is there supporting data/research to support any claims?

Purpose - what was the creator(s) trying to accomplish?

CRAAP check-list

Another similar framework is RADAR (Rationale Authority Date Accuracy Relevance). A short video explains this framework.