After completing this module, you will be able to:
You will apply and learn about information literacy competencies while completing this learning module.
Why Evaluate Sources
Why do you need to evaluate sources? Isn’t everything on the internet correct? Not by a long shot!
You are bombarded with information just about every moment of your day.
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Choosing the Best Sources
How can you choose the best sources for your research? Watch these videos to learn more!
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Review the RADAR evaluation method:
Optional RADAR evaluation checklist:
Perhaps you have heard the terms “fake news”, “misinformation”, and “alternative facts” lately. Let’s find out more.
You need to evaluate your news sources in the same way you evaluated your research sources. To help you, I’ve included this infographic from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.
Be wary of links that have been reposted on your Facebook or Twitter feeds, particularly the ones that have shocking headlines. Those are called “click bait” and are meant to get you to click through to a site…and sometimes it may take you to a site you don’t want to be on.
Stop and think about what you are reading. Does it agree with what you have read elsewhere or learned in class? Does it go against your core personal beliefs or strongly reinforce them?
(How To Spot Fake News by IFLA, permission to distribute)
Watch these to learn more:
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In this module, you have learned how to:
Pick one of the following websites and analyze it using one of the previously mentioned methods. Is it a good source for college-level research?