The CRAAMP test is a valuable tool for helping you determine if an article you are reading is credible and a good fit to use as a source for your research paper. As you read, pay attention to the 6 following criteria.
Use the template below to chart each of these criteria in the articles you use for your research paper.
Different types of studies are considered to have different levels of quality of evidence. The pyramid below shows the general ranking of studies by the quality of evidence they are anticipated to contain.
Adapted from Walden University's Evidence-Based Practice Research: Levels of Evidence Pyramid
Use this template as you read through scholarly articles to help you pick out the relevant elements for your paper.
Popular: Information published on web pages or in newspapers or magazines that are intended for general audience.
Trade: Information related to a specific profession that is more in-depth than a popular source and is intended for a professional audience, those currently working in the field.
Scholarly: Well-researched sources that have been written for scholars, students, and experts in the subject area.
Peer Reviewed: Scholarly articles that have been evaluated by other professionals in the field to check for accuracy and adherence to disciplinary standards.
Know the Difference
Article: Articles are the individual sources of information published in a newspaper, magazine, or journal (whether popular, trade, or scholarly).
Journal: Journals contain a collection of articles published about a specific topic or subject area and are typically scholarly.
Database: Databases contain a collection of journals and other publications. They index millions of articles published in thousands of newspapers, magazines, and journals. There are databases that index sources from many different discipline areas, while others are subject specific.