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The News: Being an Educated Consumer: Evaluating and Fact Checking

Evaluate What You Find!

Traditional information literacy instruction asks students to answer these questions of a random website:

  • Who does the site belong to?

  • Are they considered to be experts on the subject?

  • Is their argument or points made biased?

These can be intimidating questions to answer! To help you, educators have come up with two acronyms to help guide the process. While these are not enough, they can help you begin to form a valid assessment of an item.

From RADCAB.com

 

From UC, San Diego, the CRAAP test:

  • CURRENCY
    • ​Timeliness of the information
  • Relevance
    • Importance of the information for your needs
  • Authority
    • Source of the information
  • ACCURACY
    • Reliability, trurthfulness, and correctness of the content
  • PURPOSE
    • Reason the information exists

Fact Checking Sites

Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers

Try checking out the link below to the book Web Literacy for Student Fact-checkers by Mike Caulfield. "This is an unabashedly practical guide for the student fact-checker.  It supplements generic information literacy with the specific web-based techniques that can get you closer to the truth on the web more quickly." 

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