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Is a website reliable? Try the CRAP test!


C      Currency. Is the information up-to-date?


R      Relevance. Is the site actually relevant to my topic?


A      Authority. Does the author (or organziation) have the

         experience, training, and reputation to speak on this topic?


P      Perspective. What is the bias of the author or creator?



Still unsure on how to do the CRAP test? (click here)


Limiting Google Searches

Do you want to use Google in your search? Try limiting your search sites to increase the odds of trustworthy results. 

To limit results to goverment sites, add < > to your search. Example.

To limit results to college & university sites, add <> to your search. Example.

To limit results to nonprofit sites, add < > to your search. Example.   Remember that not all .org sites are reliable.

Can you tell the difference?

Below are list of websites discovered by the reference librarians, used solely as examples to demonstrate the importance of evaluating webistes. There are two of the same websites listed; one is real and one is fake.

Can you spot the difference between the two?


Suggested Reliable Websites

 Our libguides by subject include reliable websites & other sources that have been vetted by librarians. 

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