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Information Literacy and the QEP

This guide includes information literacy links to support Stetson's QEP -- Bridging the G. A. P.: enhancing information literacy to increase critical thinking.

Evaluating Information - RADAR

RADAR approach to evaluating information

Evaluating Information - SIFT

SIFT infographic
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  • Before you read the article, stop!
  • Before you share the video, stop!
  • Before you act on a strong emotional response to a headline, stop!
  • Ask yourself: Do I know this website? Do I know this information source? Do I know it's reputation?
Investigate the source
  • Use Google or Wikipedia to investigate a news organization or other resource.
  • Hovering is another technique to learn more about who is sharing information, especially on social media platforms such as Twitter.
Find better coverage
  • Look and see what other coverage is available on the same topic
  • Keep track of trusted news sources
  • Use fact-checking sites
  • Do a reverse image search
Trace claims, quotes, and media back to the original context
  • Click through to follow links to claims
  • Open up the original reporting sources listed in a bibliography if present
  • Look at the original context. Was the claim, quote, or media fairly represented?

Evaluating Information - CRAAP Test

The C.R.A.A.P Test.” Video, 3:52. Posted by Wintec City Library, November 2019. Accessed March 9, 2021. YouTube. YouTube, 2019. 


The timeliness of the information

  • When was the information published or posted?
  • Has the information been revised or updated?
  • Is the information current or out-of date for your topic?
  • Are the links functional?

The importance of the information for your needs

  • Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
  • Who is the intended audience? • Is the information at an appropriate level?
  • Have you looked at a variety of sources before choosing this one?
  • Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper?

The source of the information

  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
  • Are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations given?
  • What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations given?
  • What are the author's qualifications to write on the topic?
  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or e-mail address?
  • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?

The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content

  • Where does the information come from?
  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
  • Can you verify any of the information in another source?
  • Does the language or tone seem biased and free of emotion?
  • Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?

The reason the information exists

  • What is the purpose of the information? 
  • Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
  • Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda?
  • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?

Information Literacy Textbooks

Open Educational Resource (OER) Textbooks

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