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Agriculture Resources: Evaluating and Citing Sources

Find books, articles, census and statistical data, news services, extension, information networks, reports, and weather.

Evaluating Resources? Use the CRAAP test

The CRAAP test, which stands for

  • Currency,
  • Relevance,
  • Authority,
  • Accuracy,
  • Purpose

is a list of criteria/questions that you should keep in mind as you evaluate a book, article or website. 

Use this handout (from California State University - Chico) to help you determine whether a source provides good information... or not.

Need Help Writing?

The MSU Writing Center at Renne Library offers feedback to writers at any stage of the writing process:

  • Brainstorming
  • Drafting
  • Researching
  • Revising
  • Polishing
  • Citing

Walk-ins are welcomed but not guaranteed. Register for an or call 994-5315.

Citing Your Work

The most commonly used citation styles include MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian. Use these links to understand the differences between the styles and how to use them properly:

Citation Management Software

MSU librarians offer support for two citation management programs: EndNote and Zotero. Check out the guides below for more information or visit the library's workshop calendar to sign up for a workshop.

Your Librarian

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Rachelle McLain
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