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Source Evaluation Techniques: Home

About Source Evaluation

With so much information overwhelming us, it can be a challenge to recognize the credible and reliable. There are multiple frameworks available for evaluating information sources. Many of them have memorable acronyms like CRAAP or SIFT. While each takes its own approach and names its elements uniquely, all evaluation of information sources boils down to one key question.

Who is telling me what and why?


Some academic disciplines prefer or recommend one technique over the others. Each technique offers information users valuable criteria and guidelines to use when filtering through sources.

In classes, for best results use the framework recommended or required by your instructor.

In life, for best results, keep asking yourself that one question: Who is telling me what and why?

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