What the C.R.A.P. ?
Wikipedia is the go-to information site for millions of people around the world. But should you use it for college-level research? Good question!
This session provides a way for your group to explore Wikipedia and learn more about how the articles are written. Then using the C.R.A.P. (currency, reliability, authority & purpose/point of view) Test, you’ll have a chance to evaluate and compare Wikipedia to more traditional scholarly sources by focusing in on various topics.
module guide (pdf)
You will need at least one computer with projection screen and Internet connection for this activity. For a more dynamic session, ask five students to bring their laptops so that smaller groups of students can work on different aspects of the topic simultaneously. Alternatively, for this session you can schedule the Electronic Classroom in the main library building by contacting Ramona Romero (3-4236) at least two days before the session, or reserve the Peabody Library Learning Commons by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.