(Cartoon by Peter Steiner, New Yorker, July 5, 1993)
The Internet is an amazing and almost limitless source of information, but it can also present problems and challenges. How do you know the websites you're using for your college research are quality sites? ...and not bogus, or incomplete, or out of date?
The worth of your final research paper or project is closely related to the quality of the sources you choose to use. As the old computer adage says, "Garbage in, garbage out." Taking the time to apply the CRAP Test is an excellent way to be sure you're using quality websites.
Ask yourself the following questions about each website you're considering:
Purpose / Point of View
Adapted from and with thanks to: Molly Beestrum, Dominican University Librarian; and Vanderbilt University Library.