WRT 150: Evaluating info

Fact Checking to Evaluate Information

 

To evaluate information, you’ll need to do research. Think of yourself as a professional fact checker (e.g., working for Snopes, PolitiFact, or FactCheck). Make a plan to verify by double-checking:

  • Use right-click to open new tabs in order to do research

  • Practice “click restraint” by spending time to skim the results after you search; read bits and pieces before choosing to click any link

  • Spend 1 minute looking through at the original information (e.g., article or website), then 10 minutes to do the research about what you have read. Discuss your findings with other people if possible.

Discuss with the whole class and librarian.

The keys are to:

1.         Look for independent information about the creator/s, funding, opinions or viewpoints, and statements

2.         Spend more time double-checking facts externally rather than using time to look at the original source of information

3.         Practice “click restraint” by spending time to skim the results after you search; read bits and pieces before clicking any link: did this help?

4.         Use these techniques with all types of information – how can you do this with books? Videos? Articles?

Evaluating & Fact checking information

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