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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 not sure? Here's more criteria [.pdf]


Suggested Reliable Websites

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


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.

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