Sources

Sources: Make Sure They are CRAAP

Current

Always strive for the most current sources. Within the last 2 years is our goal.

Reliable

Some questions to ask: Is the content primarily fact, or opinion? Is the information balanced, or biased? Does the author provide references for quotations and data?

Authoritative

Is the publisher or sponsor of the site reputable? Are there spelling, grammar, or typographical errors? Can this source be seen as undeniably authoritative by our subscribers?

Accurate

Is the info you’re quoting actually true? Some light fact-checking can establish. Does the author support their claims with evidence? Is the information balanced and unbiased?

Purpose

What’s the goal of the source (to persuade, to sell something, to inform)? Is the domain (.edu, .org, .com, .gov) reputable? Does the author’s purpose contradict our values?