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SLS FAU Engineering: Website Evaluation

CRAAP Test

Use the CRAAP Test to evaluate information sources, including websites. 

  • Currency
  • Relevance
  • Authority
  • Accuracy
  • Purpose (Bias)

Here are a few sites for general and specific CRAAP Tests:

What's in a suffix?

Confused by a suffix to a website URL?
  • .gov = a U.S. government website
    (i.e., White House)
  • .com = a commercial website
    (i.e., Amazon)
  • .edu = an educational website
    (i.e., Florida Atlantic University)
  • .org = a non-profit organization website (i.e., National Education Association)
  • .uk, .fr, etc. = websites from countries other than U.S. (i.e., United Kingdom, France, etc.)

TIP: Search Google for a topic by suffix to restrict the search to types of websites. Search format: put in search terms, and then site:.____ (____ will be .gov, .edu, .org, etc.)
(Ex: African crafts site:.edu will bring up websites about African crafts at .edu websites)