Oral Communication: Evaluation

The C.R.A.A.P. Test

Many people use a simple test called the C.R.A.A.P. test to determine whether or not to use a website as a source.  To use this test, question the following about your source:

  • Currency (is the information out of date or current?)
  • Relevance (how does the information support your topic?)
  • Authority (who wrote the information and why are they an expert?)
  • Accuracy (does the information seem correct?  Is there a bias?)
  • Purpose (why is the information available?  Are the authors selling something, trying to persuade readers, etc. at this website?)

Evaluating Internet Sources