Paraphrasing, Anti-Plagiarism, and Website Credibility Methods

Posted with permission of Zachery Durnell

In a recent field experience at a high school, I had the chance to use and implement two methods at the start of a research paper in a 9th grade Language Arts class.

The first is the CRAP method for website credibility. CRAP stands for Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose. Under each of these headings are questions that students can answer to help assess the credibility of a website. This method actually stuck with the students. We all think of CRAP as being a bad thing. In this case a CRAP website is a credible and usable source in a research paper.

I found CRAP on a Carmen Jeffers website from a presentation on website credibility. Here is a link the presentation the title is Teaching Source Credibility and Bias.

The second is the CHoMP method to avoid plagiarism. CHoMP stands for Cross out small and unimportant words, Highlight important words or phrases, Make notes with no complete sentences, Put into your own words. When students practiced this method on different bodies of text they were able to easily paraphrase the document the students just CHoMPed. The method is 99% effective at preventing students from plagiarizing research work.

I am not sure of the source of CHoMP but it does work.