When reading/listening/watching about scientific discoveries and information it is important to critically evaluate what you find and in particular where you found it.
The CRAP Test is a standard formula for critically evaluating scholarly journal articles, news items, websites, social media posts - all kinds of digital and non-digital sources of information. You need to be able to distinguish between quality, authoritative sources, and those written or produced by amateurs or those with a particular bias. Click through the above tabs to learn more about each evaluation criteria.
In essence, it needs to pass the CRAP test: Currency, Relevance & Reliability, Authority, Point of Vew & Purpose
When was it published?
Look for a publication or copyright date on the
Has the source been updated in another edition?
Dates on web pages may indicate:
Broken Links can also indicate a webpage is not being regularly updated.
Is the content relevant and reliable for your research topic or assignment?
To evaluate a journal article's author you need to ask what are the author's credentials?
To evaluate a website containing data or other information you need to ask the following questions?