How to Evaluate Sources:
An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to assess its level of accuracy, reliability, and bias.
CRAAP Test Tips:
Not all scholarly articles are considered peer-reviewed!
Peer-reviewed journals contain scholarly articles that have been reviewed by a panel of scholars or experts in a particular discipline before publication. When you are using the CRAAP Test to evaluate resources, this helps verify accuracy.
What does it mean when an article is peer reviewed?
First, scientists do some science.
Then, they write up their findings.
They submit their article to a journal for peer review.
The journal sends the article to other experts in the same field to review before publishing.
If the article stands up to peer review (review by the scientists' peers) it can be published in the journal.
Other researchers can now use that research to do their own research.