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Pro/Con-a-Thon: Gameplay

Generating Keywords

Having trouble coming up with keywords? Try a thesaurus!

Boolean Operator Cheat Sheet

AND narrows searches by combining terms. 

ex. college AND debt

OR broadens searches by finding either of the terms between which it appears.

ex. college OR higher education

NOT narrows searches by excluding the term after which it appears.

ex. college NOT loans

For complex searches, use parentheses:

INCORRECT: college OR higher education AND debt OR loans NOT Pell Grants

CORRECT: (college OR higher education) AND (debt OR loans) NOT Pell Grants

C.R.A.A.P. Method

How do you know if a resource is appropriate for your project? It has to pass the C.R.A.A.P. test!

CurrencyHow up-to-date is the information?

RelevanceHow does the information relate to your topic?

AuthorityBy whom was this content created? What credentials and/or demonstrated expertise does the author possess?

Accuracy: Is the information correct? Are citations provided for outside evidence and/or statistics? Are there spelling or grammatical errors?

PurposeWhy was this content created? Does this information exist to educate you or to sell you something?

-- Adapted from "Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test" by the librarians at the Meriam Library at California State University, Chico.

Plan Your Search (10 Minutes, 0 Points)

Instructions: Use the concept map below to help you plan your search for the following topic. Use the space below the map to construct one (1) or two (2) potential Boolean Searches for your topic.

Boolean Searches:

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Discover Sources (15 Minutes, Up to 5 Points)

INSTRUCTIONS*: Using _________, find __________ that would help you to complete an assignment on the above topic. Use the space below to summarize your team’s discovery and evaluation processes. You will choose a spokesperson for your team and s/he will share your findings. Your classmates will then score your team’s efforts based on the criteria provided in the peer scoring tab. *On game-day, you will receive individualized assignments.

EVALUATION: Using the CRAAP method, explain why your source is or isn't appropriate for the given topic. 

CURRENCY: ________________________________________________

RELEVANCE:_______________________________________________

AUTHORITY:_______________________________________________

ACCURACY:________________________________________________

PURPOSE:_________________________________________________

 

Evaluating Sources

How do you know if a resource is appropriate for your project? It has to pass the C.R.A.A.P. test!

Currency: How up-to-date is the information?

Relevance: How does the information relate to your topic?

Authority: By whom was this content created? What credentials and/or demonstrated expertise does the author possess?

Accuracy: Is the information correct? Are there spelling or grammatical errors?

Puropse: Why was this content created? Does this information exist to educate you or to sell you something?

-- Adapted from "Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test" by the librarians at the Meriam Library at California State University, Chico.

 

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