CRAAP is an acronym Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose
One way to ensure that your sources actually support your argument and aren’t merely filler is to apply the CRAAP Test.
|Currency||Current research may reinforce or, alternatively, repudiate prior research.|
|Relevance||Does the information directly support your argument, or is it merely interesting?|
|Authority||Who is the author and what are his or her credentials? Is it written for an academic or for a general audience?|
|Accuracy||Is the information from a reliable study or source? Is it verifiable?|
|Purpose||What can you determine about the source’s purpose? Does it have political, ideological, cultural, or other biases that may slant the information?|