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MUSC110: Introduction to World Music, James Cauter: Evaluate & Cite

Criteria & Questions

When you search for information, you're going to find lots of it . . . but is it good information?  The CRAAP Test can help you figure it out.

Currency: Is the information timely?
Relevance: How important is the information for your needs?
Authority: What's the source of the information?
Accuracy: Is the information correct?
Purpose: Why does it exist?

[Source:  Meriam Library, California State University, Chico]

Evaluating sources

This tutorial is a great overview of CRAAP, a system for evaluating all types of sources. It was created by the library at Western University.

For information about research help at Central, you can visit our Ask a Librarian page at

Citation Style Guides

A good researcher uses a standard citation format to identify the information used and give credit to its creator. Consistency is crucial.

Find tips on composing citations and view samples at  MLA Style Guide (compiled by your Seattle Central librarians).

Is writing up your Works Cited page getting you down? Try a guided citation composer to help reduce frustration.

Citing with MLA

In  this tutorial, students learn when and how to use MLA citation style. Created by librarians at Ohlone College.