At Wartburg, we've moved to using the 3 Evaluation Questions to frame how to assess the relevancy and credibility of a source. Students already answer these questions about every source they use--they just don't realize it. The questions are scalable, working for basic evaluation all the way through complex evaluation in the Capstones.
Lateral Reading: The 3 questions also work perfectly with lateral reading: reading across sources to determine credibility and facts is how we answer "What is it?" You may see the phrase "lateral reading" pop up on information literacy content. If you teach lateral reading, simply be sure to incorporate the language of the 3 questions so that students have a common framework to reference.
Acronyms: Do you use an acronym such as CRAAP when evaluating sources? Great! We’ve chosen to move away from acronyms at Wartburg, as we feel the 3 questions can expand or contract to be as basic or advanced as needed. Contact your librarian to discuss how you can upgrade or nest your acronym into the 3 questions so that students have a common framework for reference.
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