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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 UC, San Diego, the CRAAP test:
- Timeliness of the information
- Importance of the information for your needs
- Source of the information
- Reliability, trurthfulness, and correctness of the content
- Reason the information exists
Fact Checking Sites
A project of the Annenburg Public Policy Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.
Focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy.
Fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics.
Definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
See issues and political news with news bias revealed. Non-partisan, crowd-sourced technology shows all sides so you can decide.
Comprehensive resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis.
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."