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Food and Nutrition: Websites

Food and Nutrition Websites

Evaluating Websites for Quality

You can use the "CRAAP" test to help you evaluate the information sources you find.

Currency – How up-to-date is the information? Is the date appropriate for your topic?

Relevance – Is the information directly about your topic?  Is it too simple?  Too complex? What audience is this written for?

Authority – Who is the author?  What are his/her credentials?  Why should you believe the author?

Accuracy – Where does the information come from?  Are there references or a bibliography? Is the information consistent with unrelated sources? Does the appearance seem professional? 

Purpose – Why was this information published? What audience is this written for? Is there a commercial or persuasive purpose?