The C.R.A.P. test is a way to evaluate a source based on the following criteria: Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose/Point of View.  Below are some questions to help you think about how to measure each of the criteria.
DO NOT ANSWER THE QUESTIONS -- Use them to help form your thoughts on each section.


    Comment or analyze how recent the article is and what effect that has on your confidence in the article.

    Comment and/or analyze on how recently the article or website was updated and how that effects your confidence in the article.

    Some articles can be a few days old and be very, very up to date. Other articles can be a few years old and still be current. Analyze how the date of your article effects the CONTENT of your article and then use that to summarize how the date of the article is relevent.

Reliability -

Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?

What kind of information is included in the resource?

Is content of the resource primarily opinion

Is the article or source presented in a balanced form?

Authority -

          Who is the creator or author?

          What are the author's credentials?

      • What sort of degree does the author have?
      • Where did the author get that degree?
      • Has the author published before?

          Who is the publisher or sponsor of the publication?

          What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?

          Are there advertisements (if found on a website)?

Purpose/Point of View -

          Is the article or source fact or opinion?

          Is the article or source biased in any way?

          Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?

Adapted by Mr W from http://loex2008collaborate.pbworks.com/The+CRAP+Test