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IT 104: Introduction to Computing

This guide provides scholarly and other resources for IT research and activities.

Is a source okay to use?

Fake (Spoof) Website Examples

The following links are for fake or spoof websites.  The websites may look legitimate, but closer inspection reveals that they are not.  Websites like this illustrate the importance of evaluating the information we see on the Internet.  Just because it is on the Internet it doesn't mean it is accurate, or even true!  

The CRAAP Test

CRAAP* is an acronym for remembering criteria you need to use when evaluating information.

The CRAAP method for evaluating information

C

Currency

   When was the information published or last updated?

R

Relevance

   Does the information answer your research questions appropriately? How

   does it help you? Who is the intended audience?

A

Authority

   Who are the authors and what are their credentials?

A

Accuracy

   Was the piece reviewed by editors or scholars? Is there supporting evidence?

   Can you verify the accuracy of the information? Is there a bibliography or list

   of cited sources?

P

Purpose

   Is the author’s purpose to sell, persuade, entertain, or inform? Is the i

   information or author biased? Do the authors make their intentions clear?

*CRAAP acronym and descriptions created by the Meriam Library at CSU, Chico. (http://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/evalsites.html)