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Connections: The C.R.A.P. Test and helping students identify reliable sources

Jul 25, 2017

"C.R.A.P" is not the most appealing name for a test, but it is memorable. C.R.A.P. stands for Currency, Reliability/Relevance, Authority, and Purpose/Point of View. With all the talk of fake news, you might think that the test is new, but it was created about a decade ago and now teachers and librarians nationwide are using it to help students identify reliable sources of information. 

Are we raising a generation that is better able to evaluate sources? Or are we in a permanent age of fake news? We answer those questions and learn about the test with our guests:

  • Sarah White, adjunct professor of English at MCC and The College at Brockport
  • Bob Berkman, business outreach librarian at the University of Rochester
  • Jocie Kopfman, teaches the "Rights and Responsibilities" class in The Commons at The Harley School
  • Lars Keulling, academic dean for The Harley School