ASK YOURSELF: Is this a TRAAP?
The TRAAP Test helps you to evaluate the information that you find. Different criteria will be more or less useful depending on your need.
Timeliness: the timeliness of the information
- When was the information published or posted?
- Has the information been revised or updated?
- Have newer articles been published on your topic?
- Does your topic require current information or will older sources also work?
- Are the links functional?
Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
- Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
- Who is the intended audience?
- Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
- Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is the one you will use?
- Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper?
Authority: the source of the information
- Who is the author / publisher / source / sponsor?
- What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
- What are the author's qualifications to write on the topic?
- Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
- Does the URL reveal anything about the source? (More info about URLs and Internet Domains)
Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the information
- Where does the information come from?
- Is the information supported by evidence?
- Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
- Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
- Does the language or tone seem biased and free of emotion?
- Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?
Purpose: the reason the information exists
- What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain, or persuade?
- Do the authors / sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
- Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda?
- Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
- Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?
Credits: Content used on this page was adapted from "Is this source of information good?" from Meriam Library, California State University, Chico.