Evaluating Online Sources

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Learning Activity

Google searches are great, but they can only get you so far. It's important to evaluate any source you find online to make sure it's accurate and reliable. How stringent you need to be with your sources depends on how you intend to use that information, like whether you're writing an academic paper or just looking up a quick question. This is an important skill for educators and students -- it's a cornerstone of digital citizenship.

You can use the C.R.A.P. test to evaluate both traditional and online sources:

  • Currency
  • Reliability
  • Accuracy
  • Purpose/Point of view

Search for a topic that interests you, then choose a result. Analyze the page or site using the C.R.A.P. test and document your findings in a shareable Doc.

Resources

The C.R.A.P. Test

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