Welcome, FCWR 101 classes! Tired of boring, lecture-based library classes? So are we! That's why we designed the Pro-Con-A-Thon, a game that incorporates and strengthens all those research skills you'll need to ace your FCWR 101 assignments. Ready to play? Great!
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
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?
Purpose: 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.