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Computer Web Based: CRAP Test

The CRAP Test?

Internet Dog cartoon

Steiner, Peter. "On the Internet, Nobody Knows You're a Dog." Cartoon. The New

Yorker 5 July 1993: n. pag. The New Yorker. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.

Additional CRAP Test Tools

Below are some links for slightly different adaptations of the CRAP Test. Please check out the MCHS CRAP Test evaluation rubric if you're having difficulties! It's a great tool that allows you to score each area of the website and make an informed, fact-based decision!

What is the CRAP Test?

The CRAP Test, developed by Molly Beestrum, is a helpful tool to use when trying to decide if a website is a credible, valid source. The CRAP Test looks at four major areas: currency, reliability, authority and purpose. When determining whether a website is credible or not, evaluate it on those four areas. Here are a few suggestions to help you think through your evaluation process.
 

Currency
  • How recent is the information?
  • How recently has the website been updated?
  • Is it current enough for your topic?

Reliability

  • What kind of information is included in the resource?
  • Is content of the resource primarily opinion?  Is is balanced?
  • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?

Authority

  •  Who is the creator or author?
  • What are the credentials? Can you find any information about the author's background?
  • Who is the published or sponsor?
  • Are they reputable?
  • What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?
  • Are there advertisements on the website? If so, are they cleared marked?

Purpose/Point of View

  • Is this fact or opinion? Does the author list sources or cite references?
  • Is it biased? Does the author seem to be trying to push an agenda or particular side?
  • Is the creator/author trying to sell you something? If so, is it clearly stated?

Adapted with gratitude from Molly Beestrum.