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Dance: Evaluating Sources

Research resources for dance courses offered at Jordan College of Fine Arts, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN.

The CRAPpy Song by Chad Bauman

Used with permission of the video's creator, Dr. Chad Bauman, Dept. Chair, Associate Professor of Religion, Butler University.

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Some Things to Consider When Evaluating Information Sources:

The CRAP Test

Evaluate Sources Based on the Following Criteria:
Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose/Point of View

  • Currency
    • How recent is the information?
    • How recently has the website been updated?
    • Is it current enough for your topic?
  • Reliability
    • What kind of information is included in the resource?
    • Is content of the resource primarily opinion?  Is is balanced?
    • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?
  • Authority
    • Who is the creator or author?
    • What are the credentials?
    • Who is the publisher or sponsor?
    • Are they reputable?
    • What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?
    • Are there advertisements on the website?
  • Purpose/Point of View
    • Is this fact or opinion?
    • Is it biased?
    • Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?

(adapted from LOEX 2008 wiki)

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