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A Guide to Public Administration: Evaluating Sources

This Research Guide contains resources supporting students, faculty, and staff in the Master of Public Administration program, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.

Evaluating Sources

Anyone can publish anything on the Internet. Just because you read it on Wikipedia does not mean it is true. Be careful when selecting sources, especially websites. Always EVALUATE your sources!

Apply the CRAAP Test (developed by the Meriam Library at California State University, Chico) to evaluate your sources.

The CRAAP Test Criteria are:

  • Currency
  • Relevance
  • Authority
  • Accuracy
  • Purpose

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Diane Kolosionek
Diane Kolosionek
Head, Research & Liaison Services; Urban Affairs/Education Librarian

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