These tips are specific for our general Mardigian Search, however, you can apply these same keyword search strategies to anywhere you're doing research. Just remember to think critically about your sources and follow the TRAAP method in the following box.
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TRAAP is a simple acronym that can be used as a tool for evaluating information and determining if you're heading toward a fake news trap. Each letter in TRAAP represents a criteria by which to measure the reliability and relevance of sources.
Timeliness: The currency of the information
Relevance: The information meets your needs
Authority: The source of the information
Accuracy: The reliability and correctness of the information
Purpose: The reason the information exists
The Mardigian's African & African American Studies Guides are a great place to continue your research: