Music 414: Finding an American Voice - Fall 2017: Evaluating Your Research
Give Your Source the CRAP Test!
How reliable is the information you just found online? Give your source the CRAP test!
*How recent is the information? *How recently has the website been updated? *Is it current enough for your topic?
*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?
*Who is the creator or author? *What are the credentials? *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?
Purpose/Point of View
*Is this fact or opinion? *Are there any perspectives that are missing? *Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?