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Communication Arts

This is a guide to Communication Arts materials at Burke Memorial Library.

Evaluating your sources with the CRAAP Test

When deciding whether to use a source, ask...

Currency - Is the information current and up-to-date?

Relevance - Does this source contain a lot of useful information, or is it too basic, complex or unrelated to my topic?

Authority - Who is the author/publisher of this source and what are their qualifications? Are they an expert on this topic?

Accuracy - Is information supported by evidence? How has it been reviewed or fact-checked?

Purpose - What is the purpose of this source - to inform, entertain, persuade, sell, etc.? Is this purpose clear or is the author trying to hide something?

If in doubt, leave it out! 

View the detailed CRAAP Test worksheet.  The CRAAP test was developed by Meriam Library, California State University, Chico.