COMS 151: Public Speaking Library Resources: Evaluating Resources

Whether for course assignments or real-life decisions, whatever resources you use, remember to think critically about the authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and coverage of the information you find.

We all use Google and other internet search engines. How do you know they are credible? Watch this video to find out:

What about library resources? It's important to critically evaluate what you find in the library, too.

Evaluating Sources with CRAAP

A young girl looking down at a dog with the caption "Is that CRAAP?"

Currency - When was it published?  For websites, when was the last revision? Does your topic require the most current information?

Relevancy - How well does it relate to your topic? Who is the intended audience? Does this satisfy your information need?

Authority - Who is the author? What are the author's credentials or affiliations? Are they qualified to write on this topic?

Accuracy - Where does the information come from? Is the information supported by evidence? Does the author cite their sources?

Purpose - Is the purpose to inform, sell, entertain or persuade the reader? Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda? Can you identify any bias?