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Civic Information Literacy: Evaluate News & Information

"Does going 'viral' mean it's always true?"

Google is a powerful tool. So are cars. Without an accurate map or GPS, you can still wind up in the wrong place.

"Citizen Literacy" - Toolkit from the University of Louisville Libraries

Media Literacy Standards to Counter Truth Decay

Starting Points

The graphic below is based on the CRAAP checklist (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose), from the California State University, at Chico.  However, all readers should be aware of the "lateral reading" fact-checking strategy, detailed above!

Benchmarks for Evaluating Quality

Become familiar with the qualities of scholarly / peer reviewed journals, and recognize long-standing reputable newspapers, magazines, and news organizations. Doing so will provide you benchmarks for evaluating information, wherever you find it.