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SPA 452C Topics: Spanish American Literature Nobel Prize Winners

La guía es para estudiantes en el seminario Capstone español de Yuma que examina las obras principales de los ganadores del Premio Nobel de Literatura hispanoamericanos del siglo XX. The guide is for students in the Yuma Spanish Capstone seminar exam

What to Know

Your best bet is to begin early by thinking of your topic, designing a research question, developing a thesis statement, drafting an outline of your paper, and then start considering the kinds of information resources you need to support your research question.

Literary Analysis

Information evaluation

Next, evaluate the information.  There are various ways to assess your information.  One technique is to use the CRAAP method.

C = Currency: is this information written to the time frame you need?  Does it match with the rest of the information you are gathering.

R = Relevance: how important is this information to your topic?  Does it relate to all the other data you have collected? If it does not, then question why you would want to use it!

A = Authority: who is the source of this information?  Is it a reliable source?  Is there contact information in case you need to ask any follow-up questions?  Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?  Look at these domain as reference:

.com (commercial)

.gov (government)

.edu (education)

.org (nonprofit organization)

.mil (military)

.net (network)

A = Accuracy: Is this information verifiable?  Can it be supported by evidence?  Is the information refereed or reviewed by reliable sources? Does the languages seem to be free from bias and emotion?  Are there mistakes in tone, grammar, typographical, or other error?

P = Purpose: What is the intent of the author(s) in presenting this information? Is the information opinion, fact, or propaganda? Does this information teach, inform, persuade, entertain, or sell? Does the point of view appear unbiased, impartial, and objective?

Watch out for:

  • Self-published material (this means it hasn't been edited or reviewed by someone else)
  • No author named
  • Inflammatory or emotional language
  • Statistics, facts, or research referred to but not cited
  • Opinions presented as fact
  • Statements/conclusions that contradict other credible sources

Using Internet Sources: Evaluating Information: Applying The CRAAP Test (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose)