3.2 Filtering and organising
3.2.2 CRAP sources
The quality of your essay depends partly on the quality of your sources. How do you know which sources you should use and and which ones you should leave out? You may want to try the CRAP model for establishing the quality of your sources:
Currency - How up to date is your source?
Reliability - Can the source be trusted?
Academic authority - Is there a sense of expertise?
Purpose and bias - What is the author's aim?
Examiners will look at your bibliography carefully. Here is a slide show to illustrate four applications of the CRAP method for evaluating sources:
Slide show - Applying CRAP detection
How would your source hold up in court?