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).