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Instruction Ideas and Activities: Evaluating Sources

For RIO Librarians to share ideas

Evaluating Resources - Jessica @ Franklin

As a hook to a class lesson about evaluating sources and introducing the CRAAP tool, I begin with a scenario.  For example, I begin with  a clicker question with text such as "John Smith from the University of X wrote an article entitled "..." in 2010.  You are researching (insert topic), do you use this resource?" highly unlikely, unlikely, neutral, likely, or highly likely.  I have students vote, we view results, and they share with a partner and revote.  This is a great segway into a lecture on evaluating resources and the CRAAP tool.  Often, they mention several components of CRAAP which we can discuss.

Evaluating Research Sources -- Eric @ Goshen

This is a worksheet we use in our required first year experience courses to evaluate sources.  A source is presented on the projector screen and evaluated by the class.  Then, students are split into teams and evaluate a second source.


This game lets students decide if a news story is real or fake. There are three basic steps:

  • Read the article
  • Swipe to the right if you think it’s a real story
  • Swipe to the left if you think it’s fake


Librarian Info

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Information Fluency Coordinators
Ruth Szpunar and Eric Bradley coordinate PALNI collaboration and communication on Reference, Instruction, and Outreach activities and develop best practices. They also assist libraries in providing support, services, and product information for learning, teaching, and research, as well as ways to assess and demonstrate that impact. Eric Bradley is the Head of Research & Instruction for Goshen College's Good Library. Both Ruth and Eric are co-founders of Aestiva Solutions.
Subjects:Events, RIO

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