I can ensure my information is reliable when researching health-related topics on the internet by going through the CRAP Test (Currency Relevance Authority Purpose).
- published in 2011 December 30
- Audience – adults
- Language – formal
- Tone – unbiased
- .gov URL
- Scientific Journal
- Published by PMC (US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health)
- To inform about Anxiety
- The information are facts
– Its is somewhat unreliable
By looking at the date that the article was published, we can see how recent and up to date an article is. This gives a sense to the readers when the statistics shown were based on, and how long ago the article was posted. The most recent articles would be more reliable than the other articles. Relevance refers to the usefulness of the information. Reading an article that are very complicated with an adult level of vocabulary can cause more confusion to teenagers. Having biased tone can only have the readers know about one side of a situation. By looking at the relevance, it is easy to find an article that matches my reading level and purpose. Authority refers to the source of information. Knowing where the information comes from and who it is published by can help determine the reliability of the information. It would not be reliable if it is not written by an expert of a subject. The purpose refers to the reason of existence of the information. If it is there to persuade someone or for a use of propaganda, then it would probably be biased, making the source unreliable. Even though the source above is published by a reliable source, it is written about seven years ago, and it does not fit my reading level, which makes the source somewhat unreliable.