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How can you ensure your information is reliable when researching health-related topics on the internet?

 

Claim:

You can ensure your information is reliable when researching health-related topics by putting it through the CRAP test.

Evidence:

Paste URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5003636/
Currency: The timeliness of the information.
 When was the information published or posted? 2016

 

Relevance: The usefulness of the information
 Who is the intended audience?  Is the language formal or informal?  Is it for teenagers or adults? professionals

Formal

adults

Does the language or tone seem unbiased? yes
Authority: The source of the information.
 Who is the author/publisher?  Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? (.com, .edu, .gov?) Gov

J Acad Nutr Diet. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2017 Sep 1.

 

 Is there contact information?  Is there an “About Us” page? yes
Purpose: The reason the information exists.
 Is the purpose to inform, sell, entertain or persuade? inform
 Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda? fact-based
VERDICT? Unreliable Somewhat Unreliable Somewhat Reliable Reliable
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Reasoning:

If we just see the publisher, source, and the reason the information exists, we would think this is a reliable source. However, using the CRAP method we will also examine the usefulness of the information too. This source used hard language and ideas that are for professionals with is not as useful to teens and normal people. Therefore, this source is actually a somewhat unreliable source because of the usefulness. In conclusion, we could determine correctly out reliable a source is by putting it through the CRAP test.

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