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Evaluating Sources

C.A.A.R.P. Test - Evaluating Sources


  • When was the information written or posted?
  • Has the information been revised or reposted?
  • Is this resource timely for your topic?
  • Are there new resources that are more appropriate?


  • Who is responsible for this information? Is there an identified person or organization?
  • Is the author an expert on this particular topic?
  • What are the author's qualifications and affiliations?
  • Can you independently verify the author's credentials? Is the name hyper-linked?


  • Does the resource provide citations?
  • Can you verify the information in the resource from the citations or other sources?
  • Is the resource peer-reviewed?
  • Do the information and tone seem unbiased and free from emotions?


  • Is the information about your topic or will it help you support your thesis?
  • Have you looked at the variety of other resources before deciding which one's are the best fit?
  • Who is the intended audience for this resource?
  • Who is the intended audience for this resource?


  • Is the purpose of the information to inform, teach, entertain, persuade, or sell?
  • Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda?
  • Is the information objective or biased?

Adapted from Meriam Library at California State University