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This website helps researchers identify trusted journals for their research. Through a range of tools and practical resources, this international, cross-sector initiative aims to educate researchers, promote integrity, and build trust in credible research and publications.

When you search for information, you're going to find lots of it ... but is it accurate and reliable? In most cases, you will have to determine this for yourself, and the CRAAP Test -- a list of questions to determine if the information you have is reliable -- can help. Please keep in mind that the following list is not static or complete. Different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need. So, what are you waiting for? Is your web site or information source credible and useful, or is it a bunch of ...?!

Evaluating a web site is not difficult, but it does require you to investigate both the content and the provider. The most straightforward way is to pretend you're a journalist, interviewing the web site (except that you'll be using the web site itself to determine the answers to your questions). The focus is on the 5 W's:

  • Who?
  • What?
  • When?
  • Where?
  • Why?

The RADAR Framework can help you remember what kinds of questions you should be asking about an information source as you evaluate it for quality and usefulness in your research. See this outline from the LMU Library:


Would you consider publishing in this journal? Use Think Check Submit to evaluate.

Useful for refining your current teaching practices? Evaluate this blog using the CRAAP test, 5Ws, or RADAR:

Useful for informing your professional practices? Evaluate this article using the CRAAP test, 5Ws, or RADAR:

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