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HIST 459: Race and the Carceral State

In-Class Resources

The CRAAP Test

The CRAAP Test is a tool for evaluating information you find online. Your analysis of a resource depends on the type of information or resource you need for your research project. You do not need to stick to scholarly resources, different types of resources are valuable in different contexts. It is important to think of whose voices are not represented in the conversation and where you can search to find diverse voices. 

Currency - When was the item published? How current do you need your item to be?

Relevance - Is this related to my topic?

Authority - What authority/expertise does the creator have? What perspectives and expertise do you need for your research topic? Whose voices are missing from the research you have found so far?

Accuracy - What kinds of evidence does the source use? How does the information they include compare to other resources you have read?

Purpose - How would people use this source? What was the intention of the source creator?

Learning Goals and Outline

  • Distinguishing different types of sources

  • Brainstorming keywords

  • Brief demonstration of searching the library databases

  • Using CRAAP to analyze sources

  • Individual search and analysis activity