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Starting Your Research Project: Information Sources

Tips on starting Your Research Project

Information Gathering: Know Your Sources

Information Gathering: Sources

As you explore your topic, you will encounter a variety of information. Not all information is the same. Your academic work should always reflect the use of the highest quality sources. The chart below will help you identify different types of information.




How to evaluate your Information Sources: CRAAP Test

You should evaluate the sources of the information you are going to use in any research and academic work you do. You can do this using The CRAAP Test. The CRAAP test is a test to check the objective reliability of information sources across academic disciplines. CRAAP is an acronym for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.[1] Due to a vast number of sources existing online, it can be difficult to tell whether these sources are trustworthy to use as tools for research.

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