ENGL106 – TRAP Test
Complete the table below by answering the questions listed for each of the sections below to determine timeliness, reliability, authority, and purpose (TRAP Test):
Title and author of the article chosen:
Link to article:
Using the Cite function on our article, cut and paste the APA citation for your article:
This refers to the usefulness of the information
1. Is the information accurate and complete?
2. Is it primarily fact or opinion?
3. Are there references for the quotes and data?
This refers to the source of the information
1. Who is the author? Is the author or organization qualified to speak on the subject? How do you know?
2. Does the author provide contact information or credentials? Why is this important?
3. Is the information sponsored? If so, is the sponsor/publisher reputable?
This refers to the reason for the information.
1. What is the purpose of the article (to present facts or to influence opinion)?
2. Based on the writing style, who is the intended audience?
3. For websites, what is the domain
(.com= commercial, .gov = government, .org= organization, .edu = education) and how does this influence the point of view?
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