This is a self-paced, non-credit course that covers research skills, critical thinking, media and internet literacy, and understanding the complexities of the modern information environment (including libraries.)
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Find information about a publisher or journal, such as what kind of peer review process they use, what their ethical guidelines are, and what sort of articles they seek to publish
Evaluate the reliability of an information source in terms of the entities and/or organizations who published the information source, and the reputations for quality and integrity of those entities/organizations
Evaluate the authority of an information source in terms of the author's expertise, by judging the author's educational credentials, career history, and publication history
Understand bias and agenda, and detect when there is strong potential for them in an information source
Evaluate the impact factor (scholarly significance) of a publication by identifying how many times it has been cited, and know when it is necessary to check that
Locate reviews of information sources, and know when it is necessary to check these
Evaluate the validity of an information source from an appropriate disciplinary perspective about what constitutes valid knowledge
Evaluate the validity of an information source from a general scholarly perspective about what constitutes valid knowledge
Evaluate the accuracy of an information source against other information sources
Evaluate the accuracy of an information source against real world tests.