ENGL 101 Journal


ENGL 101 Journal.  San Diego Community College District

Weekly Informed Citizen Journal Directions

Remember that not all information is good information, especially in an online environment.1 We need to know how to test sources for credibility.


Find a recent article from the past year that you think is significant. Write 350-700 words about the following:

  1. You MUST use a different place of publication for each journal entry. Duplicates do not
  2. Give author, title and place of publication
  3. Recount the article in 50-200 words. Make sure I can clearly see that you read the article
  4. Why is the incident significant?
  5. Research the place of publication, then evaluate for CRAAP (see below) in 50-250
  6. DUE DATES: Journals are due every Sunday by midnight beginning Sunday 30 August through the end of the semester. Do not wait for me to assign them; use an article each week from your own current news reading. Articles do not have to be political: use whatever type of news you normally
  7. CAUTION: Be sure to add a comment to each journal entry submission stating the Journal number, such as Journal 1 or J1. You may add the topic or publication to help you keep. ENGL 101 Journal. 



purpose of this journal, we’ll also add a CONCLUSION. For more information on the six parts of the CRAAP Test, please see below.

CURRENCY – The timeliness of the information

  • When was the information published or posted?
  • Has the information been revised or updated?
  • Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
  • Are the links functional?

Another thing to consider – does the website’s copyright date match the content’s currency? Or is it just a standard range?

RELEVANCE – Questions to ask if you’re researching for an essay

The importance of the information for your needs

  • Does the information relate to your interests or answer a question?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
  • Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?

ACCURACY The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content

  • Where does the information come from?
  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed (judged valid by other academics)?
  • Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
  • Does the language or tone seem neutral: unbiased and free of emotion?
  • Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?

AUTHORITY The source of the information

  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
  • What are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations?
  • Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
  • Who is the publisher?
  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
  • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?

Note – to help answer Authority and Purpose questions, check out a website’s About



PURPOSE The reason the information exists

  • What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?
  • Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
  • Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda?
  • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial or biased?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases? ENGL 101 Journal. 


Based on the CRAAP test, state the level of reliability/credibility of first the publication & then the author. If these don’t match, explain.