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IDT 8008: Principles of Instructional Technology

Evaluation Sources Discussion

What qualities and characteristics do YOU think are important when selecting sources for your assignments?

  • Which criteria do you think are important to decide how “trustworthy” or “reliable” a source is?
  • What tells you that you can trust someone or something, in general?
  • What specific qualities do you look for in a source?
  • Which criteria are important to decide whether a source is useful for your paper or assignment?
  • What tells you that an article is a relevant or good article?

CRAAP Test Video


The CRAAP Test is a helpful tool for deciding whether to use a source in your paper using five criteria: Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.



When was it last published/posted, revised or updated?

Is the information current enough to be accurate?



Does it relate to your topic or answer your question?

Who is the intended audience?

Is the language too technical or too simple?



Who is the author, publisher, source, or sponsor?

What are their credentials or affiliations?

Is the author qualified to write on the topic?



Where does the information come from?

Is it supported by evidence? Can you verify the claims?

Has it been reviewed or refereed?



Why was this information created (e.g. inform, sell, etc.)?

Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda?

Is the point of view impartial?


Media Bias

Ad Fontes Media - Media Bias Chart August 2022

Ad Fontes Media. (2022). Media bias chart [Infographic].