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Researching in the Sciences
CLASS Outline
  1. Decide on a  general topic and develop research questions. 
  2. Discuss an evaluation strategy for research.
  3. Research using general web tools- Google/Google Scholar
  4. Research using Library Resources- Main Search, Databases

Opening Activity  

What type of climate change project do you propose? or text HAMILTONMA to 22333 once to join


C:  Currency:  The timeliness of the information.  When was the information published or posted? 
R:  Relevance:  Is the information directly related to your topic? 
A:  Authority:  The source of the information.  What are the author's credentials?
A: Accuracy:   The reliability and correctness of the content. Where does the information come from?
P: Purpose:  The reason the information exists.  What biases are involved?  Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda?

Use this link to print a copy of the C.R.A.A.P. Test created by the librarians at Cal State Chico.

See also: a video from Weslyan University about applying the CRAAP test.


Google- general background information, possible questions, keywords

Google Scholar- initial background research, compare with library research


Institute of Physics Journal + Archive- “ climate change AND sea level rise”


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Web of Science- index only- not full text. We may not have the full text in our other sources.


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