Why does information that conflicts with our worldview affect us so strongly? This cartoon from The Oatmeal explains (complete with some salty language & swear words).
"Project Information Literacy (PIL) is a nonprofit research institute that conducts ongoing, national studies on what it is like being a student in the digital age."
"The News Literacy Project empowers educators to teach students the skills they need to become smart, active consumers of news and other information and engaged, informed participants in civic life."
Welcome to the LibGuide for the First Year Seminar:
So, Where Are You From?
This guide is meant to help you develop the skills and tools to accomplish your course objectives:
The library (and your librarian) are here to help you! Use us early and often!
Determining the "best" sources to read will always have some degree of subjectivism, but this chart, prepared by Vanessa Otero, provides a good look at some of the more reliable sources, as well as ones to avoid.
Read more about criteria Otero used to prepare the guide here.
You should also consult Forbes' piece, "10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts."
A handy guide for evaluating news sources. Also works for really any kind of source you're consulting.
Measure your abilities against the students in this study. We hope you do better than they did.
An overview of initiatives some school libraries are pursuing
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, FactCheck.org is a fantastic resource to discern the truth behind all kinds of political, scientific and public policy claims.
Provide 9 tips for evaluating a news story
Another great resource for investigating internet rumors and urban legends
An excellent piece written by an AP US History teacher for Teen Vogue, which has been publishing thoughtful and well-researched articles
Tips on applying evaluative, critical thinking skills to photographs
Excellent step-by-step checklist for evaluating news sources
From Fact Check.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, listing sites known to post fake stories
The News Literacy Project develops programs that teach students how to evaluate claims in the news; it also provides an excellent quick check on various rumors.
An interview with Brooke Binkowski, managing editor at Snopes, discussing the uptick in fake news coming from the left
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