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Senior Library: Evaluating Information

The C.R.A.P. Test

Before you use a source, consider the Currency, Authority, Reliability and Purpose of the author/site.

Website evaluation tips and examples

This link provides tips on what to look for when evaluating websites.

It also provides examples of real and hoax websites for you to explore, as well as fact checking links such as Snopes.

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Digital Literacy and Curriculum Citizenship

ADAMANT Technique


Do we know anything about who created the source, such as  their occupation or their relationship to the event?


When was the source produced? How does its content help make sense of it?


For whom was the source originally created?


What did the author wish to communicate to the audience?

How would that audience be likely to respond?


What was the author's reason for producing the source?

Do they have a particular point of view?


What type of source is it? How does this affect its content (eg. a diary is meant to be for private purposes.)


How does the author show their point of view in the language or imagery they use?

Evaluating Sources