The CRAAP Test is an easy-to-remember way to evaluate your source. It will help you figure out if your source is good or it it's- well, you know...
Currency: When was this written/published?
Relevance: Does this help me with my research?
Authority: Who wrote this? What are the author's credentials?
Accuracy: Is this true? Does it seem reliable?
Purpose: Why was this written? Does the author have an agenda other than educating others?
At this point in your college career, you are probably no stranger to reading and engaging with a text. And you've probably noticed that scholarly journal articles just aren't as engaging as works of fiction.
Well tough. But since we like the cut of your jib, here are some tips to make dealing with scholarly articles a little less painful:
You should take notes while reading. Highlighting should be kept to a minimum (only very important phrases, terms, and information). Instead you should write things in your own words as you go and engage with articles similarly to how you would with any other text.
Use a note-taking system that works for you!
If you haven't found one yet- try this- it's what works for me:
Before you read
MLA Citation of source
Why am I reading this source/which research ?s do I think it will help answer:
While you read
next page’s notes
After you read
Short summary of article:
Author’s main points:
Questions I still have:
Relationship to my research questions:
Relationship to other articles I’ve read:
Is this useful to me?