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SAAJ (Smith): Activity

This research guide will point you towards print/online research resources.

In Class CRAAP Test Assignment

Consult the assignment instructions and the CRAAP test for each source evaluate if:

  • Will you be allowed to use the sources?

Yes, this source acceptable because… 

No, this source not acceptable because…..

  • This source is helpful but does not meet the assignment’s requirements.
  • What information do you still need to gather in order to complete the assignment? 

Film 

Class Assignment:

Film Studies scholarly research paper: In this assignment, you will write a persuasive argument interpreting three different film texts and using 3-5 scholarly resources you have researched. Your argument should take a stance on the common link you see in your group of films and why they are significant to the field of Film Studies. 

Student’s Paper:

This student has decided to interpret these three films:

  1. Blade Runner
  2. Alien
  3. Avatar

Arguing that the common link is Corporate Greed in Sci-Fi.

YOUR Group Assignment: The aforementioned student has begun the research process and has found 5 sources. Using the CRAAP test, evaluate if the sources gathered are appropriate for this assignment and meet the professor requirements.

For each source evaluate if:

  • Yes, this source acceptable because…  
  • No this source not acceptable because…..
  • This source is helpful but does not meet the assignment’s requirements.

Be prepared to explain WHY the source is or is not acceptable.

Provide a few (2-3) examples of sources your student still needs to find in order to complete the assignment. 

History 

Class Assignment:

Your project must engage a military history-related question that falls within the time period that we will cover this semester. The question should also have relevance to contemporary culture. The final project will be a thoroughly researched assignment in the form of a traditional paper.

*You may include textbook citations or popular website citations if they are helpful to your paper, but they won’t count as one of your 6 sources (1 primary, 5 Scholarly).

Student’s Paper: How did Washington’s Spies change modern war fair?

The student hypothesis is that by inventing spycraft, Washington helps America win the war against the British thus establishing America as a country and eventually leading to spycraft become one of the most important aspects of modern warfare.

  • The student will show hypothesis by establishing Washington as the one who legitimized spying as a military tool
  • Provide an example that Washington used spying to help win decisive military victories
  • Provide sources showing spying as a main/important military tool

 

Physical Therapy 

Class Assignment:

Choose a common injury for a specific sport and evaluate the current prevention and recovery techniques for that injury in order to recommend techniques to a university athletic program.  6 scholarly sources (at least 1 source must be original and all articles need to be published within the last 5 years).  

Student’s Paper:

Physical therapy techniques for knee ligament injuries in volleyball players. The student will begin by providing information about the injury and how the sport causes or increases the changes of the injury followed by source on recovery techniques.

YOUR Group Assignment: The aforementioned student has begun the research process and has found 5 sources. Using the CRAAP test, evaluate if the sources gathered are appropriate for this assignment and meet the professor requirements.

For each source evaluate if:

  • Yes, this source acceptable because… 
  • No this source not acceptable because…..
  • This source is helpful but does not meet the assignment’s requirements.

Be prepared to explain WHY the source is or is not acceptable.

Provide a few (2-3) examples of sources your student still needs to find in order to complete the assignment. 

Identifying Source and Using Them Responsibly

  • What is it?
  • Where could you find it?
  • Who made it and what are their qualifications?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • What is the intended purpose?
  • How could it be used in a scholarly research project? 

 

  • What is it?
  • Where could you find it?
  • Who made it and what are their qualifications?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • What is the intended purpose?
  • How could it be used in a scholarly research project? 
  • What is it?
  • Where could you find it?
  • Who made it and what are their qualifications?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • What is the intended purpose?
  • How could it be used in a scholarly research project?