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EAP1686 | Professor Porges-West: Evaluation Strategies

This guide contains resources for students of Prof. Ileana Porges-West's EAP1686 courses

EAP1686: Professor Ileana Porges-West

Types of Internet Sites

Site Types



Non-Profit | Advocacy


Business | Marketing


.gov, .mil






Government: federal, state, and local

Educational Institutions

Non-Profit Organizations

Newspapers, News Organizations


Restricted or Open








Mostly high

Can vary

Can vary




Can vary

Can vary





Usually low

Typically high



EasyBib: Evaluating a News Article infographic

Evaluation Checklists

The RADAR Evaluation Method

Evaluate sources with RADAR: Rationale, Authority, Date, Accuracy, Relevance

Optional RADAR evaluation checklist:

Evaluation Strategies

The CRAAP Test

Currency: The timeliness of the information.
  • When was the information published or posted?

  • Has the information been revised or updated?

  • Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?

  • Are the links functional?

Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.
  • Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?

  • Who is the intended audience?

  • Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?

  • Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is the one you will use?

  • Would you be comfortable citing this source in your research paper?

Authority: The source of the information.
  • Who is the author / publisher / source / sponsor?

  • What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?

  • Is the author qualified to write on the topic?

  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?

  • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source (examples: .com .edu .gov .org .net)?

Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.
  • Where does the information come from?

  • Is the information supported by evidence?

  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?

  • Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?

  • Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?

  • Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?

Purpose: The reason the information exists.
  • What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?

  • Do the authors / sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?

  • Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda?

  • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?

  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?

From the Meriam Library at California State University, Chico, Is this source or information good?