Source Report Peer Review


  • Do you understand your partner’s research question? Is it articulated clearly in the first paragraph of the source note? Do you believe that this particular source will help your partner answer the research question?
  • Does your partner clearly explain HOW they located the source? If you needed to recreate their search, could you do it? (Test it out!)
  • Does your partner assess the source’s reliability? Do they mention each element of the CRAAP method (currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose (objective))? Note that these elements do not have to appear in a single list. What information would help your partner convey reliability more effectively?
  • Does your partner effectively summarize the source? That is, after reading, do you understand what the source is about? Can you tell how your partner feels about the source (If so, encourage them to revise for neutrality!)? What questions do you still have about the source?
  • Is the source cited correctly?
  • FORMATTING! Is your partner’s source note one single-spaced page (give or take) on a Word document?

The CRAAP Method

(From last week’s classes)

When you’re evaluating a new source, always make sure to look for CRAAP!

CURRENCY: Is the source up-to-date? Has it been published recently, and does it pull from current evidence? Has anything occurred since its publication that would require it to be revised?

RELEVANCE: Does the source speak to your research questions and interests? Does it contribute a useful perspective to your topic?

AUTHORITY: What gives the author and publisher the credibility and expertise to speak on this topic? What is their experience and reputation? How are they trained and whom do they work with? How do they support their authority with reliable sources?

ACCURACY: Does the author use information that can be confirmed externally? How does the author support their claims? Does the publication make use of fact-checkers?

PURPOSE (OBJECTIVE): Does the article aim to persuade, inform, or entertain (or some combination of these three things)? What kinds of biases does the author demonstrate?

Participation Memos

Participation memo #1 is due anytime before the start of class on Monday, March 13th. Please follow the instructions below to submit your memo.

Your letter should be formally formatted and approximately one full page, single spaced (about 300-400 words). In the letter, include the following information:

  • What made you a successful class participant in the first half of UNIV 112? For each claim you make (i.e. I listen to my classmates, I speak during discussion) please provide a concrete piece of evidence. 
  • Acknowledge and explain any obstacles to your participation (i.e. excessive absences or tardies, minimal verbal contribution to class)
  • Explain your goals for yourself in the second half of the semester. Now that we’ve been together for more than six months, what skills do you still need to develop as a community member?

Please EMAIL your memo to me ( before class on Monday the 13th; make sure to include a greeting and sign off, and use a subject heading like “Participation Memo for [your name].”

Your participation memo is worth ten points of your final grade; I will deduct points for late submission and any absences beyond your two “freebies.”