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COMM 1910: Public Speaking

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources

Currency

  • When was this item published?
  • Is this current enough for your topic?

References

  • Does the author support the argument with other sources?
  • Does the author provide you with the information you need to find those sources?

Authority

  • Who is the author, and what are his or her credentials?
  • Who is the publisher?

Purpose and Point of View

  • What is the purpose of this item (e.g., to persuade, to inform, to sell you something)?
  • Is the information objective or biased?
  • What is the author's point of view?

The CRAP test is not just for websites. Use it to evaluate any source of information you encounter.