Craap Test Notes Livia

Evaluation Criteria: "What Is High-Fructose Corn Syrup? What Are the Health Concerns?"

Currency: The timeliness of the information

  • When was the information published or posted?
    • September 27, 2012
  • Has the information been revised or updated?
    • No
  • Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
    • The article was written rather recently, so "current-current" information is not required unless there was some sort of breakthrough in the findings of more health concerns related to high-fructose corn syrup
  • Are the links functional?
    • There are no links in the actual article, but the author link and the references are functional

Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs

  • Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
    • The information relates to the topic of concern, and answers the question in a broad sense to get the point across.
  • Who is the intended audience?
    • Anybody curious about high-fructose corn syrup or anyone worried about their health
  • Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
    • It's easily understandable

Authority: The source of the information.

  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
    • Author: Jennifer K. Nelson from MN
    • Publisher: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    • Source: Online article
  • What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
    • The author is a registered dietician. She is director of clinical dietetics, and associate professor of nutrition at College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. She also leads clinical nutrition efforts for a staff of more than 70 clinical dieticians and 9 dietetic technicians and oversees staffing, strategic and financial planning, and quality improvement.
  • Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
    • Yes
  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
    • There's a publisher and a Twitter link so you're able to "tweet" at the author directly
  • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?
    • The URL ends in ".org," meaning organization (which is a credible source)

Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.

  • Where does the information come from?
    • Many of the sources seem to come from other articles written by other dieticians
  • Is the information supported by evidence?
    • Yes, the author has given enough evidence to support
  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
    • In one of the links, the author had an expert opinion
  • Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
    • Yes
  • Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
    • Yes, it's just a factual article
  • Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?
    • None that was recognized

Purpose: The reason the information exists

  • What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?
    • Inform the reader about high-fructose corn syrup and the possible health concerns that follow it
  • Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
    • Yes
  • Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda?
    • Fact
  • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
    • Objective
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases
    • No biases
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