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Source criticism

What is a reliable source of information?

How to know if information is reliable and how to differentiate a good source from a bad one?

When you search for information, you're going to find lots of it . . . but is it good information? You will have to determine that for yourself, and the CRAAP Test can help. The CRAAP Test is a list of questions to help you evaluate the information you find. Different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need (Meriam Library California State University, Chico)

Currency – The timeliness of the information.

Relevance – The importance of the information for your needs. 

Authority – The source of the information.

Accuracy –  The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content. 

Purpose – The reason the information exists.