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Website Evaluation

CRAAP Test Handout

The CRAAP Test is a list of questions to help you evaluate the information you find. Different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need.

In addition to the CRAAP Test - The Five W's of Website Evaluation

• WHO Who wrote the pages and are they an expert?
Is a biography of the author included?
How can I find out more about the author?
• WHAT What does the author say is the purpose of the site?
What else might the author have in mind for the site?
What makes the site easy to use?
What information is included and does this information differ from other sites?
When was the site created?
When was the site last updated?
Where does the information come from?
Where can I look to find out more about the sponsor of the site?
 • WHY
Why is this information useful for my purpose?
Why should I use this information?
Why is this page better than another?
 Cornell University Library — Criteria for Evaluating Websites

Uniform Research Locators

Each web page has a unique address called a Uniform Resource Locator or URL. The URL is the specific address of a web page.

The URL or web address ends with a suffix that identifies the kind of organization that created the site and can help determine if the website is going to be credible. Some common extensions are:
  • .com (commercial)
  • .edu (educational institution)
  • .gov (government agency)
  • .mil (military)
  • .net (Internet Service Provider)
  • .org (organization - may be charitable, religious, or a lobbying group)
You might also see foreign addresses that add a country code as the last several digits of the addresses, such as:
  • au (Australia)
  • ca (Canada)
  • fr (France)
  • it (Italy)
  • uk (Great Britain)
  • us (United States)
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