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Source Evaluation: CRAAP Test: R is for Relevance

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

Relevancy

Relevancy pertains to how effectively the information is delivered and who is the perceived audience.

Some Questions to Ask

  • Who is the intended audience?
    • Is it for beginners, professionals, students?
  • What does the author assume about their audience?
    • Do they use words only familiar to a community?
    • Are they assuming you already hold certain beliefs about the topic?
  • Is there enough information presented that the audience understands what is being discussed?
  • Can this information be found elsewhere?
    • If you can find similar information on other sites, it helps add support to the original sites claims.