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Criminology & Justice Studies

Resource guide for CJS Research

Research Therapy: Evaluating Websites

Evaluating Sources with CRAAP

Currency - When was it published? For websites, when was the last revision? Does your topic require the most current information?

Relevancy - How well does it relate to your topic? Who is the intended audience? Does this satisfy your information need? 

Authority - Who is the author? What are the author's credentials or affiliations? Are they qualified to write on this topic?

Accuracy - Where does this information come from? Is the information supported by evidence? Does the author cite their sources?

Purpose - Is the purpose to inform, sell, entertain or persuade the reader? Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda? Can you identify any bias?

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