I have been asked to come up with a “catchy acronym” for doing/evaluating/using research sources. Each letter will have an instruction module attached. I decided on the acronym FACTS:
I’m stumped on a relevant T word however. Type and Try are way too simple, Tautology and Tantalize both sound great but are irrelvant, and Tutu and Tittiesare right out. (Synthesize is mandatory since it’s in our new curriculum guide.)
The best I can think of is Tweak and I’ll probably go with that, but can anybody think of a better one? It should have something do with the research process. The ideal word would be a known synonym for winnow, sift or condense (i.e. to choose the parts of the source that are important to your paper) but nothing presents itself.
I’ve also considered the acronym QUACKS for waying a web site’s validity:
Qualifications of the author
Users (i.e. who is the site intended for)
Agenda (is there an obvious one?)
Currency (when was this written)
Sources (does he/she gie any for factual claims?)
but this one’s not as important. I’ve considered
Knowledge (does the author have any of the subject?) but that’s too closely related to qualifications)
and I’ve considered
Kinship (did the author’s parents probably have too close of one to safely breed?)
but that seems somehow inappropriate.
Any suggestions for T or K words for the above? (And what the hell is it with academic administrators and acronyms?)