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Answered By: Allyson Palagi
Last Updated: Mar 06, 2018     Views: 2

When looking at websites online, there are a few things to consider when looking at their reliability and appropriateness for use in your assignments.  The SCRAP tool is one way for you to evaluate websites and other sources you may come across during your research process.  SCRAP stands for: Substance, Currency, Reliability, Authority, Purpose.

The attached worksheets will walk you through each category.  Some items are subjective, like if the website or article has enough depth for your purposed?  Some are objective, like is the publication date be easily found?  When you are done reviewing the worksheet, you will have a total score for the source, the higher it scores the more likely it is to be an appropriate and reliable source.

Keep in mind that these are is no easy or right answer, if you are still unsure, contact your professor.