The IF I APPLY Method is another form of the CRAAP method, but goes a little deeper into reflections about the source and your personal reaction to any information (whether it is through the libraries databases or on social media).
I - Identify emotions attached to the topic
F - Find unbiased reference sources for topic
I - Intellectual courage to seek authoritative voices on the topic that may be outside of thesis
A - Authority established; does the author have education and experience in the field?
P - Purpose/Point of view of source; does the author have an agenda other than informing the audience?
P - Publisher; does the publisher have an agenda?
L - List of sources
Y - Year of Publication
The CRAP Method is a quick and easy-to-remember way to evaluate a source based on the following criteria: Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose/Point of View. Here are some questions you can ask yourself about the resource to determine its value for your research.
Purpose/Point of View