One useful way to evaluate your sources is to use the C.R.A.A.P.O. test. C.R.A.A.P.O. is an acronym to help you remember the primary criteria for evaluation: Currency, Relevancy, Accuracy, Authority, Purpose, Objectivity.
Here are some quick tips to help you locate the information you need to evaluate the source under these criteria:
For a full description of each criteria and additional tips for evaluating websites, check out our Evaluating Sources research guide.
Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines the word credible as "offering reasonable grounds for being believed." A credible source, then, is one that you can reasonably believe to be true.
Evaluating sources before you use them is important, both in research projects for college classes and in every day life. Understanding who created the information, why it was created, if it is biased, or if you can trust it, is vital whenever you need information. As you evaluate your sources, you are teaching yourself how to think critically about information, and this is a skill that will serve you throughout your lifetime.
Source: Credible. (n.d.). In Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary. Retrieved July 10, 2017, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/credible