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LACUSL201: Special Topics in Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies: Chican@/Latin@ Art & Culture: Politics and Resistance / Fall 2016 (Martin): Getting Started

Good starting points for doing research for the Creative Project or Research Paper.

Identifying Fake Photos on the Internet

'How the Internet Misled You in 2015' from the BBC News

How To Evaluate Research Resources: The CRAP Test

"Every man [and woman] should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him." -- Ernest Hemingway

Use the CRAP test to evaluate potential research resources:


  • How recent is the information?
  • How recently has the website been updated?
  • Is it current enough for your topic?


  • What kind of information is included in the resource?
  • Is content of the resource primarily opinion?  Is is balanced?
  • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?


  • Who is the creator or author?
  • What are the credentials?
  • Who is the published or sponsor?
  • Are they reputable?
  • What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?
  • Are there advertisements on the website?

Purpose/Point of View:

  • Is this fact or opinion?
  • Is it biased?
  • Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?

Familiarize Yourself with the UWM Libraries


The UWM Libraries is contained within the Golda Meir Library building, directly north of the Student Union. The Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons on the first floor of the west wing of the library is open 24 hours a day, Sunday through Thursday (reduced hours Friday/Saturday) during Fall and Spring semesters.

Concept Mapping

Interpreting Citations

Get Help in the Library

Contact Information

Katherine Bowes
UWM Libraries - West Wing