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EARTH 100: Environment Earth

Professor Bodek

Encyclopedia Sources

Current Event Sources

In addition to the news sources available on your class website, there are several library databases that will allow you to access both national and international news publications.  

The CRAP Test

The CRAP Test is an easy way to evaluate sources from the web. We want timely, reliable, accurate information, so ask yourself these questions and see if the site passes the CRAP test. 


  • How recent is the information?
  • How recently has the website been updated?
  • Is it current enough for your topic?


  • What kind of information is included in the resource?
  • Is content of the resource primarily opinion?  Is is balanced?
  • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?


  • Who is the creator or author?
  • What are the credentials?
  • Who is the publisher or sponsor?
  • Are they reputable?

Purpose/Point of View

  • Is this fact or opinion?
  • Is it biased?
  • Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?