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ANTH 204: Introduction to Archaeology: Evaluate & Cite

Criteria & Questions


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.


  The timeliness of the information


  The importance of the information for your needs


  The source of the information


  The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content


  The reason the information exists

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

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:
Chicago Style Guide (compiled by your Seattle Central librarians)
 - OWL's Chicago Manual of Style (from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue Univ.)
 - Research & Documentation Online: History (from writing /research guru Diana Hacker)

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