ERIC Number: EJ1175027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
What Does Bad Information Look Like? Using the CRAAP Test for Evaluating Substandard Resources
Lewis, Abbey B.
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, n88 Win 2018
The CRAAP Test (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose), is a popular tool among academic librarians for instructing students in resource evaluation. Its applicability to web-based information makes it particularly useful for students as they think about information they encounter both inside and outside of scholastic settings. However, while students may be capable of explaining concepts like bias, authority, and scholarly publications, when it comes to questions of reliability they may have limited experience. For instance, students may have no trouble recognizing high quality resources, but still have difficulty identifying those characteristics that signify an unreliable or substandard resource. In an undergraduate science writing course, the CRAAP Test was introduced to students, who then used the test in a group activity to evaluate a resource that failed key aspects of the test. This activity engages students in how to critically evaluate resources and provides useful feedback for instructors on those evaluative concepts that remain unclear.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Library Instruction, Information Sources, Evaluation Criteria, Reliability, Accuracy, Climate, Class Activities, Best Practices, Scholarship, Academic Libraries, Reputation, Electronic Journals
Science and Technology Section, Association of College and Research Libraries. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Web site: http://www.istl.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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