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When you search, remember that not all resources contain quality information. Some information may be inaccurate, biased, misleading, outdated, or irrelevant.
It is important to critically evaluate the information that you find to ensure that you use the best sources in your research/assignment.
There are two essential tools you can use to find reliable and reputable information: the CRAAP test and Lateral Reading.
The CRAAP Test:
Evaluate your sources using the CRAAP test to find reliable, quality information.
The CRAAP test is a simple tool/process you can use to determine whether a source you have found is reliable and/or accurate. Click through the following tabs to see what CRAAP acronym stands for and the steps you should take when selecting resources:
Currency: The timeliness of the information
Here's a short clip on the effectiveness of evaluating information.
Relevance: The importance/relationship of the information
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content
Purpose: The reason the information exists
Another technique that you can use to evaluate the sources you find is called lateral reading. This technique focuses on verifying a source as you are reading it. Evaluating where information comes from is a crucial part of deciding whether it is useful or right for your research.
The ART of reading laterally:
Before reading vertically, open some tabs and start reading laterally. This means to begin searching about what you are reading. Some questions you might ask during lateral reading are: