With the wealth of information available on the web, we need to make sure that we are only using good information to support our arguments and back up our decision-making. This is especially important going forward in your careers when you may not have access to library databases and the latest journal articles.
Regardless of what type of information you are looking at, you can apply the CRAAP test to determine the quality of the source.
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Relevance - How is the information relevant to your assignment?
Authority - Who is the author? What makes this person or organization an authoritative source?
Date - When was this information published and is the publication date important to you?
Accuracy - Where are they getting their information from? Does it have citations and references? Are they using reputable sources or explaining how they gathered their data?
Reason for writing - Why did the author publish this information?
Mandalios. (2013). RADAR: An approach for helping students evaluate Internet sources. Journal of Information Science, 39(4), 470–478. https://doi.org/10.1177/0165551513478889.