COLS 1101: College Success Skills: Getting Started

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This Course Guide contains links to Library items that may be useful for completing your course projects.  You will find eBooks, videos, websites, and Library information.  These items are meant to supplement the tools that your instructor gives you in the course.

The tabs above coordinate with different units of instruction in your course.  

Goal Setting--Unit 2, What's My Dream?

Effective Studying--Unit 3, How Do I study Effectively?

Academic Integrity--Unit 5, How Can I Be An Effective Member of the CSCC Community?

Library, a Campus Resource--Unit 6, What Are My Resources?

Personal Resources--Unit 7, What About Me?




Evaluating Information

Here is a list of Common Questions you should ask when analyzing any source for research purposes.

Currency: Information is timely

Can you locate a publication date or posted date? Are there revisions or updates to the information? Is the information current enough for your topic?

Relevance: Information connects to your research needs

How does the information compare to other sources you found? Do I need scholarly communication, facts and figures, or an emotional story? Does the information answer your research question?

Authority: Information comes from a trusted source or expert

Can you determine the author or publisher of the source? Is the author affiliated with a particular institution or organization? Is the author an expert on this topic?

Accuracy: Information is correct, reliable, and factual

Can you identify the original source(s) of information? Is the information supported by evidence? Has the information been peer-reviewed or fact checked?

Purpose: Information has a clear reason or intent

Is there an identifiable bias (political, personal, ideological)? What is the source's agenda (inform, persuade, sell, mislead, provoke)? Is the information factual, opinion, propaganda, or satirical?

*Based on the CRAAP test created by Molly Beestrum, Librarian, while at Dominican University.

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