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MAT 146: Evaluate Sources

Get Your FACTS Straight

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of the word "fact" is: a piece of information presented as having objective reality.  A fact is a piece of information that is independently verifiable; if we both count the same pile of pennies, we should each have the same total.  Facts are facts.


A quick and easy method for evaluating websites, SPAT stands for:





About Wikipedia (Video)

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Evaluating Websites Prezi

CRAAP Test Worksheet (PDF)

Are your sources credible and useful, or are they a bunch of . . .?! 

The CRAAP Test is a list of questions that help you determine if the sources you found are accurate and reliable.  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.  View or print this PDF.

CRAAP Test YouTube Video