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ANTH 100: Survey of Anthropology, Abby Forster: 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.

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] 

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 University)
 - 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