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Information Literacy Resources: Evaluate

Digital Learning Objects

 Icons Used in This Guide 

video game    text/tables  flash 

video Peer Review Articles in 5 Minutes

CONTENT: explains the peer review process
MEDIUM/TIME: video (5:00)
NOTES: North Carolina State University, excellent coverage, though peer review is only one of several important concepts for students to understand as they evaluate their sources. 
WHY WE LIKE IT:: this is an outstanding tutorial


video Evaluating Information Using the CRAAP Test

CONTENT: CRAAP stands for Currency, Relevance, Accuracy, Authority and Purpose.

MEDIUM/TIME: video (5:28)
NOTES: Johnson & Wales University. Thorough look at how to evaluate information (including why); includes 1 minute review at the end
WHY WE LIKE IT: very good explanation of CRAAP acronym
CONTENT: another take on how to evaluate websites using Authority, Timeliness and Objectivity
MEDIUM/TIME: video (4:00)
NOTES: San Jose State U. Engaging video
CONTENT: checklist of criteria for thoroughly evaluating a web page
MEDIUM/TIME: text with links
NOTES: UC Berkeley. Dense with information
WHY WE LIKE IT: by nationally recognized librarian, an authority on teaching web site evaluation

Critical Thinking

Additional Class Exercises to Promote Critical Thinking Skills

  • Compare the findings of a search on the open Internet and that of a library database. Discuss the quality and quantity of results from each source.  Use the Quick Sheet.
  • Compare 3 websites in conjunction with topics related to the class and cover the main evaluation criteria: authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, purpose. For more on Evaluating Sources click here Use the Quick Sheet
  • Check on the accuracy of an article in Wikipedia on a chosen topic. Does the information match with two other reliable sources? Can we locate the citations from the references list? Find an article in a print or an online encyclopedia and compare it with the article from Wikipedia! 
  • Compare book reviews. Locate and read 3 reviews of a work. Use Kirkus, and JSTOR or Gale Student Resources in Context  (databases)
  • Analyze the content, style, and audience of 3 different journals in a given discipline.