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Media/news literacy resources too good to miss!

If you read this blog at all, you know I am a fan of Katherine Schulten’s posts for the New York Times Learning Network. This morning she outdid herself with a round-up of resources entitled: Skills and Strategies|Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources, in honor of News Engagement Day, coming up […]

Not just about citing images (so much more to embed from NoodleTools!)


A Guide to Citing Images, a new infographic from our friends at NoodleTools, offers a MLA-aligned flow chart to guide researchers through a variety of image citation situations.  But it is not just about image documentation. It asks learners to ask themselves a few important questions before using and documenting images that were born digital.   […]

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


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


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”?


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 […]

Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality


Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society released an interesting paper today focusing on how young people use digital media–how they search for and evaluate information, how they create, their levels of new literacies, and the social patterns that affect their work. Investigators Urs Gasser, Sandra Cortesi, Momin Malik, & Ashley Lee drew heavily from […]