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TRAAP (aka CRAAP)
This guide will introduce you to a method of evaluating sources known as the TRAAP test (aka the CRAAP test). Each page of the guide will focus on a different step of the TRAAP test.
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There are five criteria you should use whenever you are evaluating a website:
Is the information current or outdated?
How useful is this information for your research? How thoroughly is the topic covered? Is information presented backed up by other authoritative sources?
Who is responsible for the website and its content?
Is the information accurate and does it come from reputable sources?
Does the author or website publisher have an obvious bias or is the topic covered in a balanced/objective way?
Remember, if the website does not meet these five criteria, it's a TRAAP !