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Video: What is Authority?Use this video to introduce students to the concept of authority, how it relates to research, source selection, evaluation, and attribution.
Video: Introduction to BiasThis video introduces the idea of bias and prejudice and the importance of awareness of one’s own bias and the bias of others when evaluating sources and situations, and responding to arguments.
Video: Types of BiasThis video builds on the introduction to bias video by discussing specific types of bias such as social bias, confirmation bias, and communal reinforcement.
Quiz: BiasThis quiz corresponds with the video on bias.
Video: Evaluating SourcesUse this video to encourage students to think critically about the information they encounter in print and online. Students will become familiar with strategies for evaluating sources based on these criteria: authority, accuracy, currency, relevance, and objectivity.
Tutorial: Evaluating InformationStudents will learn how to evaluate a range of resources in order to select the most authoritative sources on their research topic.
Tutorial: Choosing the Best Web SourceThis tutorial will help students recognize open and hidden web resources, determine if a site on the open web is reliable, and analyze resources on the open web.
Tutorial: Evaluating Digital Sources Using Lateral ReadingThis tutorial will introduce students to the practice of lateral reading. Students will learn how to evaluate online materials by digging deeper into the origins and motives behind sites. Students will also have the opportunity to practice lateral reading on their own through a guided activity.