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Don’t miss Google’s new site info card! (and more from Mary Ellen Bates’ search refresh)

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At the recent CIL Conference in DC, I attended librarian/consultant Mary Ellen Bates’ Super Searcher Tips session and I came away with a number of juicy new strategies. Super Searcher Tips – Computers in Libraries from Mary Ellen Bates I’ll start with the most important of these discoveries for the K12 gang. Google’s new site [...]

Verification Handbook

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Our students are not the only ones struggling with verifying credibility. Journalists, especially those dealing with the crunch of deadlines and the flood of social media during a crisis, fall prey to hoaxes, phoney tweets and image fakery as well. Verification Handbook, a new, free ebook published by the European Journalism Centre, offers a series of [...]

Thinking about credibility and about Turnitin’s SEER: The Source Educational Evaluation Rubric

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I’ve not been a huge fan of listy/form type evaluation tools.  So much of the process of assessing credibility has to do with context. Black and white decisions and rules of thumb are far more fuzzy in a read/write, citizen journalist, open scholarship, media-rich web. Truth is, I often find value in casually published, unvetted [...]

Four tools for determining web cred

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Not all information tasks are the same.  And because sources that may be perfect for analyzing Hamlet’s motivation, may not be right for examining what’s happening now in Damascus or how far down we might fall from the fiscal cliff, learners need new credibility assessment strategies. As teachers and librarians we are used to discussing [...]

EasyBib’s New Extensions: two/too “easy buttons”?

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This past week, in its Educator Blog, EasyBib announced its Chrome Toolbar Extension, available for free download in the Chrome Web Store. Essentially, the tool allows users to do two things: Automatically cite web sites with one click using the EasyBib Toolbar. Receive advice on the credibility of the web site you’re citing. The toolbar extension [...]