Resource evaluation is an ongoing process of critically assessing information. As we push the envelope of what we understand about the natural world and human behavior - we must continually question our assumptions of what we had previously thought to be true. For example:
All of this research required careful questioning and critique of what was thought to be true and known at the time. In short, researchers had to evaluate the claims and assumptions about their topic, and then do the work of determining if they were true, false, misapplied, or misunderstood. As a college student knowing how to evaluate claims and sources will make your papers and projects better, because you will be more capable of finding, and effectively using, high quality resources.
Is your resource crap? The CRAAP test is a rubric you can apply to a source in order to determine the appropriateness of its use in your papers and projects. The CRAAP test is most helpful once you have decided on a topic, a research question, and are at the stage of researching background and scholarly sources.
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