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HLTH 200

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating your sources is an important step in the research process. There are a number of approaches for evaluating health-related information. You need to evaluate carefully each source to determine its appropriateness and quality.

The CRAAP Test is a list of questions to help researchers evaluate sources of information. It is a tool to help you think critically about the quality of health information.
Evaluation criteria includes:
  • Currency: The timeliness of the information.
  • Relevance: The depth and importance of the information.
  • Authority: The source of the information.
  • Accuracy: The reliability of the information.
  • Purpose: The possible bias in the information.

Queen's University Library's Evaluating Sources Checklist also lists criteria used to assess information sources.

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