"It was published, so it must be a credible source, right?" - students
"Um... no. That's not how that works."- librarians
Not all sources are credible.
As scholars, it is important to keep this in mind. In order to craft a meaningful argument about your topic, you need to make sure that your information is accurate. In order to get that accurate information, you need to ensure that you are using credible sources.
If you're trying to figure out if you need an umbrella, you'd want to make sure that the weather source you are using is accurate. Scholarly research is much the same. If you want to craft an accurate research paper, you need information from credible sources.
The CRAAP test is a method for evaluating sources, developed by librarians at CSU Chico. It uses the acronym CRAAP to identify criteria for determining the credibility of a source. The acronym stands for: