CRAAP Criteria: Accuracy

Accuracy is important because errors and untruths distort a line of reasoning.  When you present inaccurate information, you undermine your own credibility.

How do you know if your source is accurate?

  • Are there statements you know to be false?
  • Was the information reviewed by editors or subject experts before it was published?
  • What citations or references support the author’s claims?
  • What do other people have to say about the topic?

Look for:

  • Search for peer-reviewed articles in OneSearch.
  • Search for book reviews.
  • If possible, verify some of the information in another reputable source (e.g. encyclopedia, journal, book, or website).

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