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BUS 1010: Introduction to Higher Education

Evaluation Frameworks

Evaluate articles, websites, and other information sources to select the best evidence for your academic work. Resource evaluation depends on the context of the source and how it serves your purpose. You might use a different set of criteria to evaluate a scholarly article than you would for a website. Review the following evaluation schemes to decide which method works best for your assignment. 

Evaluating Credible Sources

In this Two-Minute Tutorial, CSULA librarian Lettycia Terrones will show you a technique to evaluate credible sources to make sure you’re using strong foundations for your course papers or projects.


Developed by Meriam Library at California State University Chico, the CRAAP Test is a mnemonic tool to check if an information source is current, relevant, authoritative, accurate, and what the purpose is (2 min). 

Evaluating Sources by Western Libraries is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) License:

Evaluate Websites with Lateral Reading

Learn how to use lateral reading strategies from the Stanford History Education Group to effectively evaluate websites (3 min. 48 sec.). 

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