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