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BIO 500: Grad Seminar in Biology

Information on this guide supports the graduate level seminar course in biology at Alabama State University.

5 Steps to Evaluating Sources


  • Currency: Check the publication date and determine whether it is sufficiently current for your topic. 
  • Coverage (relevance): Consider whether the source is relevant to your research and whether it covers the topic adequately for your needs.
  • Authority: Discover the credentials of the authors of the source and determine their level of expertise and knowledge about the subject. 
  • Accuracy: Consider whether the source presents accurate information and whether you can verify that information.
  • Objectivity (purpose):Think about the author's purpose in creating the source and consider how that affects its usefulness to your research.


The CRAAP Test: An Easy & Fun Way to Evaluate Research Sources | by RefME |  Medium

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