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PHIL110: Social/Political Philosophy: Tips on Evaluating Sources & Websites

CRAAP Test

Question: How do you know whether what you are reading, whether in a book, article, or on the internet or social media, is trustworthy information?  

Answer: Does it pass the CRAAP test?  If so, it is likely trustworthy information.

CURRENCY: When was it published? Is it current for the topic, or is it outdated information?

RELEVANCY: Is this relevant for your research needs?

AUTHORITY: Who wrote this/who is the author?  Do they have any sort of authority on the topic?

ACCURACY: Is the information accurate, factual, and true?

PURPOSE: What is the reason this information was published?  Is there a purpose/bias behind the publication that could skew the information?

Still Unsure?

How to Spot Fake News

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