The C.R.A.A.P. Test is a way to evaluate information to decide if it is appropriate for your research.
When you search for information, you're going to find lots of it . . . but is it good information? You will have to determine that for yourself, and the CRAAP Test can help. CRAAP is an acronym for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. The CRAAP Test is a list of questions to help you evaluate the information you find. Different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need.
Currency – The timeliness of the information.
Relevance – The importance of the information for your needs.
Authority – The source of the information.
Accuracy – The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content.
Purpose – The reason the information exists.
The CRAAP Test was developed by the Meriam Library at California State University, Chico.