Evaluating Resources Using the TRAP Method
When you are evaluating resources to use in an academic assignment, the process is the same as when you are trying to decide critically whether or not to believe any information you're given. You would ask yourself the following kinds of questions: who? what? when? where? how? why?
Use the TRAP (Timeliness, Relevance, Authority, Purpose) Method below to evaluate any information you find for your assignment. The validity of any source will, in part, depend upon your purpose in using it.