When you evaluate information sources, you cαn use particular criteria known as the CRAAP test. If your sources pass the test, then you can use them for your papers.
Determine whether there is a particular time range within which the information sources that you have to locate need to have been published. For instance, if you want to find information about a classical film you will not necessarily need recent information. However, if you want to discuss adoption from the perspective of gay and lesbian parents, you may need to find recent information.
Determine how closely a piece of information aligns with your information needs. You will find many sources about your topic, but you will need to specify which information is suitable for the type of paper you are writing or for the argument that you want to develop.
Determine whether the author, creator, or publisher of the information source is an expert on the topic or discipline.
Determine whether the information you located is correct and true.
Determine the reason why the information exists.
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