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Criminal Justice

Research guide for criminal justice courses.

Web Resources

Evaluating Sources

The CRAAP Test is a list of guidelines that you can think about in order to decide if the information in a resource is reliable. This is especially helpful when looking at web sites

CurrencyThe timeliness of the information.
RelevanceThe suitability of the information for you and your topic.
AuthorityThe credibility of the author.
AccuracyThe reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the information.
PurposeThe reason the information has been published.

For college level research you need to be choosy.  Following are a few links giving guidance on how to critically look at resources and choose the best.

Evaluating Print vs. Internet Sources

Critically Analyzing Information Sources

Website Credibility