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Library Instruction Options for EN 101 & 102: Module #2 - Evaluating Information Sources

Module #2

Student Learning Outcomes for This Module

Student Learning Outcomes for Module #2 - Evaluating Information Sources

  • Students will be able to evaluate the credibility of website and news story claims
  • Students will be able to understand what "fake news" is and how to identify "fake news" stories in real life
  • Students will be able to define the value of different types of sources and information
  • Students will be able to determine whether books, websites, and/or journal articles are considered "scholarly" in nature.

Rate-a-Source Game & Workshop [Approximately 50 minutes long]

This activity will familiarize students with easy strategies to determine whether or not a book or article is considered "scholarly." After reviewing examples of how to evaluate the criteria of publisher, author credentials, and footnotes/bibliographies, we will divide the class up into 5 teams. Each team will receive a source to review as a group within a time limit of about 3 minutes. After each round, the groups will pass their source to another group for evaluation. At the end of all 5 rounds, the librarian will review the correct answers for each source that the teams reviewed.

What's a 'Reliable' Source? [Approximately 50 minutes long]

This activity will familiarize students with what sources are and why they need to use "scholarly" sources in their research papers. We will also teach students how to judge whether or not an internet source could potentially be used as a "scholarly" source in a research paper. 

Figuring Out Fake News [Approximately 50 minutes long]

This workshop will help students gain an understanding of what "fake news" is and how to identify it online. We will also discuss media bias and how it can affect consumers' perceptions of factual events.