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Source Evaluation: CRAAP Test: A is for Accuracy

A quick reference guide to help you decide if a web resource is worth using.

Accuracy

Accuracy pertains to the reliability of the information.

Some Questions to Ask

  • Where does the information come from?
    • Experiments, expert witnesses, opinions
  • Does the author support their claims with evidence?
    • Do the data and citations pass the CRAAP test or are they using unreliable sources?
  • Where do other links on the site go?
    • Are those sites relevant and reliable?
  • Are there spelling and grammatical errors?
  • Can you verify any of the information from your own knowledge or by doing a Google Search?
  • Do you see any evidence of plagiarism?