Purpose (The CRAAP Test) is one of the five critical reading concerns proposed by Sarah Blakeslee (2004): Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose.

Related Concepts: Purpose (Rhetoric); Point of View


Purpose: Critical Reading Questions

  • What purpose guides the author? to teach, persuade, sell, or entertain?
  • Does this resource add knowledge to the universal information on the topic?
  • Is the information verifiable fact, or is it opinion/propaganda, lacking credible cited references?
  • Is this information presented with an agenda? Do you think it is biased? Is it trying to make you feel a certain way?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?
  • If there is a clear opinion presented, is that opinion acknowledged?
  • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
  • When dealing with websites: what is the site’s url extension? This can sometimes (but not always!) give you insight into a website’s purpose. (see Understanding URLs).