Searching for any information on the internet can be an adventure, but this can be especially true when investigating social phenomena and their relation to power. This page provides tips for evaluating sources for relevance, reliability, and usefulness.
The CAARP Test
The CAARP 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.
Currency: the timeliness of the information
Authority: the source of the information
examples: .com (commercial), .edu (educational), .gov (U.S. government),
.org (nonprofit organization), or .net (network)
Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness or plausibility of the information
Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
Purpose: the reason the information exists
Adapted from CSU Chico
Working in small groups, you will examine a set of sources linked on the Padlet below to consider how you would use them as evidence of a real-world language phenomenon.
Consider the following questions as you evaluate the source:
For more tips on evaluating sources, check out the following handout from the Turabian Teacher Collaborative.
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