CU_Horiz_RGB CRAAP Test and Library Worksheet

CU_Horiz_RGB CRAAP Test and Library Worksheet

CRAAP Test Directions: Go to the page and select one of the Web pages reviewed there for this exercise. You will then assess that Web page for credibility using the questions on the CRAAP Test Worksheet below. Guidance is provided on the Credibility of Information page about how to effectively use and score the CRAAP Test for the reviewed Web pages.

Name of Web Page Evaluated:

Use the following questions to help you evaluate the above source of information. Answer the questions and then score each category from 1-10 (1=unreliable, 10=excellent). Add up the score to help you decide whether you should use that source for your coursework.

Currency: The timeliness of the information.

Currency Score

1. Is the information current enough (in psychology, usually within 5 years)?

2. Has the information or website been revised or updated in the past 6 months?

3. Are the links functional?

Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.

Relevance Score

1. Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?

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

3. Have you looked at a variety of sources before choosing this one?

Authority: The source of the information

Authority Score

1. Are you able to determine who is the author publisher of the information?

2. Can you verify the author or publisher’s credentials as a respected expert on the topics?

3. Does the URL help you determine the source? (.edu; .com; .gov; .org)

Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content.

Accuracy Score

1. Did the author back up his/her statements with credible evidence and list/link to verifiable sources?

2. Is the information free of spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?

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

Purpose: The reason the information exists.

Purpose Score

1. Is the purpose to inform? (And not to sell, entertain, or persuade)

2. Is the information fact? (And not opinion or propaganda)

3. Is the source free of ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?


· 45-50 Excellent

· 40-44 Good

· 35-39 Average

· 30-34 Borderline Acceptable (Below 30 Not an acceptable source)

Adapted from the CRAAP Test created at the Meriam Library at the California State University at Chico.

Total Score

Library Worksheet Directions: Locate the article below in the Capella Library using . Use the and the to help you create your search for this article.

Dr. Arch Mainous published an article in 2018 about primary care physicians sharing scientific findings (key word: research) in an era of fake news.

After you have located the article and read it, answer the following questions:

1. What is the full title of the article Dr. Mainous published in 2018?

2. What is the name of the professional journal in which this article appears?

3. What volume and issue of the journal contains this article?

4. What pages from that journal contain this article?

5. What is the DOI of this article?

6. Is this a scientific research article or an editorial/commentary about research?

[ ] scientific research article

[ ] editorial/commentary

7. Briefly, summarize in a paragraph of your own words (paraphrase) what is the primary purpose of the Mainous article?

8. Summarize in a paragraph of your own words what Mainous recommends primary care researchers do when publishing future scientific studies to overcome science denial and claims of “fake news”.

9. What is the in-text citation for this journal article using APA style?

10. What is the reference for this journal article using APA-style?

11. How much time did it take you to complete this exercise and worksheet? Select one answer.

[ ] About what I planned or expected

[ ] More time than I planned or expected

[ ] Less time than I planned or expected

12. If this took more or less time than expected, what changes do you intend to make in your future time management planning? Be specific.

Save this completed worksheet as a Word document (.doc, .docx) on your computer. Then, attach a copy of this document as your submission for the Week 3 assignment.