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Locating and retrieving information is only one step in the research process.
It is important to review and evaluate all found information to determine which sources are most relevant for your research.
Use the CRAAP Test method to determine if a web resource is right for you. Evaluate sources based on the following points:
- Currency: When was the information published? Is it up to date?
- Relevance: Is the information what you're really looking for? Who is the material written for: academics, professionals, students, or the general public?
- Authority: Who published, wrote, or edited the information? Is the author an expert on the topic?
- Accuracy: Is the information reliable and accurate? Do other sources verify this information?
- Purpose: What is the purpose of the information? Is it biased to one point of view?