CRAAP Worksheet Spreadsheet (1118)
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SOURCE EVALUATION: The CRAAP Test
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For sources NOT from an academic/scholarly journal, complete the following sheet to help you evaluate sources. Answer the questions as appropriate, and then rank each of the five parts using the scale: 1 to 10 (1 = unreliable, 10 = excellent).

The scores should total at the bottom where you will see the source’s credibility score.

YOU WILL REPLACE THIS EXPLANATION WITH THE SOURCE INFO NEEDED FOR MLA-FORMAT CITATION
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Currency (timeliness of information)
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When was the information published or posted?
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Has the information been revised or updated?
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Is the information current or out-of date for your topic?
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Are the links functional?
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INPUT OVERALL RATING (1 = unreliable, 10 = excellent) ——>
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Relevance (the importance of the information for your needs)
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Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
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Who is the intended audience?
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Is the information at an appropriate audience level? (not too elementary/too advanced)
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Have you looked at a variety of sources before choosing this one?
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INPUT OVERALL RATING (1 = unreliable, 10 = excellent) ——>
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Authority (the source of the information)
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Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
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Are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations given?
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What are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations?
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What are the author’s qualifications to write on the topic?
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Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
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Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?
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INPUT OVERALL RATING (1 = unreliable, 10 = excellent) ——>
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Accuracy (the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content)
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Where does the information come from?
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Is the information supported by evidence?
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Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
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Can you verify any of the information in another source?
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Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
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Are there errors in spelling, grammar or punctuation?
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INPUT OVERALL RATING (1 = unreliable, 10 = excellent) ——>
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Purpose (the reason the information exists)
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What is the purpose of the information?
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Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
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Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda?
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Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
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Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?
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INPUT OVERALL RATING (1 = unreliable, 10 = excellent) ——>1
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TOTAL RATING1
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45–50 Excellent | 40–44 Good | 35–39 Average | 30–34 Borderline (NOT recommended) | Below 30 Unacceptable
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