While fake news is a real concern, it is not a new problem; nor is it just a problem with news (fake research or bad science can be just as dangerous). It has always been important to evaluate the source of information - is it accurate? is it biased? is it trustworthy?
Questions in the CRAAP test were designed to use with websites, but they work just as well to prompt us to think critically about any source of information.
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EVALUATING INFORMATION -- Applying the CRAAP Test
(borrowed from Meriam Library - California State University, Chico)
When you search for information, you're going to find lots of it . . . but is it good information? You will have to determine that for yourself, and the
CRAAP Test can help. The CRAAP Test is a list of questions to help you evaluate the information you find. Different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need.
Currency: The timeliness of the information.
Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
Authority: The source of the information.
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.
Purpose: The reason the information exists.