In the research process not everything you find on your topic will be suitable. It is important to critically evaluate the resources you discover to ensure that you are using the most appropriate materials. Timeliness, relevance, author and audience, and point of view/bias are important factors that should determine whether or not you decide to use a source for your topic. This method is further described below. The video appearing to the page's right provides additional considerations and the accompanying link below the video provides some alternative approaches.
The T.R.A.A.P. Method (formerly the C.R.A.A.P. method ) is a guide to help you evaluate how credible and useful the sources you find will be in answering your research question, supporting your points, convincing an audience, etc.
When you look at a source (a chapter of a book, an journal article, a blog entry, etc.), ask yourself the following questions:
Timeliness (substituted for Currency)
Author & Audience
Point of view/bias
Another factor is the type of publication, Scholarly vs. Popular. Scholarly resources as discussed earlier, are written by experts in a field or discipline for other experts. These sources are peer reviewed, have extensive bibliographies, and often contain areas for further research.
Use Google Scholar to find background information on authors and researchers.