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Information Literacy: Evaluating Information

A guide to finding better resources, avoiding plagiarism, and writing better papers.

What is "Information Literacy"?

In today's fast-paced society, it's easy to hit information overload. Between our smartphones and our homework, we consume information all day, every day. Having strong information literacy skills helps us not just in our homework, but also in daily life! Is that "news" article on my newsfeed real or fake? Can I trust this website? Is that person an expert or a troll? This LibGuide will help you develop and hone your information literacy skills so you can be a conscientious information consumer.

When Searching the Internet

Keep in mind the following when you search the Internet:

  • Finding something is the easy part
  • Finding something good is the challenge
  • Evaluation is knowing the difference

Fact Checkers

Before sharing something, do a quick check to see if someone else has already proven/disproven it - ESPECIALLY if it makes you angry! Things meant to make people angry (anger makes people comment and share) are frequently written with only a casual relationship with truth or reality. Here are some fact checkers that can help you know whether you're sharing fact or fiction.

Evaluating Information

One of the most important steps in acquiring knowledge is evaluating the quality of information prior to your accepting it.
The following links provide a wealth of resources in how to properly evaluate information sources.

Fake News