The Search Engine CRAP Test


What You Learn:
Learn to how to think critically about the search engines we use on a daily basis.
Delivery Method:
Online, at your own pace.
60 minutes.
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  • Does one search engine seem the same as any other to you?
  • Would you like to learn how your favourite search engine stacks up?
  • Do you want to become better at distinguishing crap from quality?


If you answered ‘YES’ to at least one of these questions then The Search Engine CRAP Test is for you.


The Search Engine CRAP Test applies the CRAP detection test, a model commonly used to evaluate website information, as a means of thinking critically about search engines.


This course will benefit all library and information professionals who want to evaluate and think critically about the search engines they use on a daily basis.


This course focuses on the critical element of digital literacy and can be taken in conjunction with other digital literacy courses, or on its own.


This course is delivered online and is self-paced.

Learning Outcomes

Engaged learners who complete all the course content and activities will improve their ability to:
  1. Evaluate a search engine using the CRAP test.
  2. Understand the fundamental components of a search engine.
  3. Acquire an overview of the meaning and value of critical thinking.
  4. Examine a search engine against selected Currency criteria.
  5. Assess the Relevancy of a search engine’s results.
  6. Review the Authority of a search engine.
  7. Make a judgment on the impact of a search engine’s Point of view on their search results.
  8. Apply the techniques introduced in the course to think critically about the value of search engines in their everyday work as a library and information professional.

Course Facilitator

Sally PewhairangiWith over 15 years’ library experience, Sally has worked in a range of libraries and through her business, Finding Heroes, is on a mission to encourage more “dare to do different” conversations amongst New Zealand library staff as she believes there is so much we can do together, as individuals, to make our lives easier and of greater relevance to our customers.


Sally has undertaken a fair amount of critical thinking to create credible content for this course. Sally has written more than two dozen articles for LIANZA's Library Life and is an Aurora Alumni.


Sally has tribal links with Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki and Whakatōhea.