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Sociology: Evaluate Sources
Terms and Concepts
Theories & Theorists
Sociology in Sport
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What can I do?
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Research 101: Credibility is Contextual
Evaluating Information Using the CRAAP Test Tutorial
The CRAAP Method
Questions to Ask
When was the source written and published?
Has the information been updated recently?
Is currency pertinent to your research?
Does the source cover your research topic comprehensively or only cover one aspect?
To what extent does the source answer your research question?
Is the source considered popular or scholarly?
Is the terminology and language used easy to understand?
Does the source meet the requirements of your research assignment?
Who is the author (person, company, or organization)?
Does the source provide any information that leads you to believe the author is credible or an expert on the topic?
Can you describe the author's background (experience, education, knowledge)?
Does the author provide citations? Do you think they are reputable?
Can facts or statistics be verified through another source?
Based on your knowledge, does the information seem accurate? Does it match the information found in other sources?
Are there spelling or grammatical errors?
What is the purpose or motive for the source (educational, commercial, entertainment, promotional, etc.)?
Who is the intended audience?
Is the author pretending to be objective, but really trying to persuade, promote or sell something?
Does the source seem biased?
Selecting images, audio, and video files also requires close evaluation. This page will get you started.
Purdue OWL: Evaluating During Reading
Concise recommendations to help you assess source quality and appropriateness while you read.
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