Evaluating Sources: ABCD & CRAAP

Introduction to Evaluating Sources

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Time needed to complete this module: 10 minutes

Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will develop the habit of critically evaluating information and media sources in a variety of formats. 
  • Students will use indicators of credibility to evaluate sources.
  • Students will analyze sources for credibility, audience, context, purpose, and/or perspective/bias.

When you’re doing research, it’s important to make sure that the sources you’re finding are reliable and of high quality, as well as appropriate for the context. But what does this mean? How are you supposed to do this?

Watch the video below from the North Carolina State University Libraries to get a better idea of what source evaluation is and why it matters.

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