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You can improve the quality of your assessment and boost your marks by using credible information. But how can you tell if the resources you've found are credible and suitable for your assessment?
Information comes in all shapes, sizes and quality, and from many different sources. One of the best skills you can gain is the ability to evaluate information quality. You want to make sure the information you use in your assessments comes from reliable sources that are fit for purpose.
The CRAP (Currency, Reliability, Authority, Purpose) test can help you quickly and easily evaluate any piece of information.
History of educational theories - older resources may be appropriate.
Social media in education - older resources may not be appropriate.
A satirical news website (e.g. Betoota Advocate).
A not for profit media group sourcing content from academics and researchers (e.g. The Conversation).
An article written by a self-appointed expert that appears on a blog.
A peer reviewed article written by a team of university academics.
A webpage on diabetes from a pharmacy company that produces drugs to treat diabetes. They may have a vested interest.
Diabetes information from a government website such as Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW). They have no vested interest.
It is easy to find information on the Internet but the majority of content out there is not suitable to be cited in your university assignment, the website domain gives you an idea of the reliability of a website and the different purposes they serve.
|.edu (educational institution)|
|These are more likely to be reliable and unbiased.|
|.org (non-profit organisation)|
.asn (non-commercial organisation)
|Sometimes these organisations may show a bias toward one side of a topic.|
|.com (commercial site)|
|Critically evaluate these sites as they may be unreliable.|
Learn more about how to evaluate websites, spot fake news and recognise bias in our Evaluating websites, news and media guide.
Reading and thinking critically involves engaging with information at a deeper level. The first steps are to examine the arguments presented and consider the author's point of view or bias. This will help you to form a judgement about the quality and relevance of the information.