TRAP Source Evaluation
Using inaccurate, irrelevant, or poorly researched sources can affect the quality of your own work. Keep the TRAP method in mind. Below is a list of criteria along with questions that can help you decide if a source is right for your research. Below is an abbreviated list of questions to help with source evaluation.
Timeliness: the date of source/ information creation.
Relevance: relates to your topic.
Authority: the source the information comes from.
Perspective: the point of view or attitude toward an issue.
Western University. "Evaluating Sources." YouTube, 12 Jan. 2012, youtu.be/EyMT08mD7Ds.
OkStateLibrary. "Inform Your Thinking - Episode 2 - Who Do You Trust and Why?" YouTube, 10 June 2016, youtu.be/nMe50BDb4M0.