is it a craap
In the “Is it CRAAP?” forum, post or link to an example of what you think is a peer-reviewed and a non-peer reviewed source. Explain why.
Follow the following guideline:
Is It Peer Reviewed?
One of the difficulties many students face is understanding what professors mean by a “peer-reviewed” or “academic” source.
1) A “peer-reviewed” source refers to an article or book that has been reviewed by the author’s academic peers for quality and accuracy.
2) Most databases allow you to search for peer-reviewed sources, but remember to use your brain. Computers are dumb and can label non-peer reviewed sources as peer-reviewed if they appeared in an academic source (especially common with editorials).
3) Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the source written for a specific audience, usually with a very high education level?
- Is that audience academics or professionals in the field?
- Do you clearly see the author’s name and credentials and do they match the area the author is writing in?
- Does the source reference other academic material like articles and books that seem of a similar caliber? Is there a reference page?
- Are there numerous footnotes or references? Does the author use a recognizable citation style like APA or MLA?
- Are there few if any pictures? Are the only images included diagrams or charts?
- If the source is a book, was it published by an academic press (for example, Oxford University Press). Does a Google search of the publisher show that they specialize in similar academic works?
- Google the article and or the author/organization that published it. Does this “lateral search” raise any red flags or do others agree the work is high quality?
4) Sometimes you will want to use websites to support your academic sources. Remember, ask if that website is CRAAP. In fact, it’s a good idea to remember these guidelines for all sources.
5) Test yourself! In the “Is it CRAAP?” forum, post an example of what you think is a peer-reviewed and a non-peer reviewed source. Explain why.