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.
The S.I.F.T. method offers a more active form of evaluating a source. S.I.F.T. stands for, Stop and reflect, Investigate the source, Find out if the claim is mentioned in other sources, and Trace the claim or quote back to the original source. You may employ the C.R.A.A.P.O criteria during step two of the S.I.F.T. process, Investigate.