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Port St. Lucie: Evaluating Information

Fortis Institute 9022 South US 1 Port St Lucie FL34952

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Questions to Ask 

  • How recent is the information?
  • Is it current enough for your topic? 
  • Has it been updated or revised?
  • Is the publication/copyright date clearly labeled?

Questions to Ask 

  • Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
  • Is it a high quality website, easy to navigate and read?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
  • Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?

Questions to Ask 

  • Where does the information come from?
  • How confident are you of that the source of information used editors and fact checkers?
  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Can you verify the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
  • Is the content primarily opinion? Or is it balanced with multiple points of view?
  • Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?

Questions to Ask 

  • Who is the author or creator?
  • What are the author's qualifications and credentials for writing about this subject?
  • How reputable is the publisher? 
  • Are there organization affiliations? And are they reputable?
  • Does the information provide references or sources for data or quotations?

Questions to Ask 

  • Is the creator/author trying to sell you something or sway your opinion?
  • Are they defaming someone, a group of people, or trying to “stir the pot”?
  • What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain, or persuade?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?
  • Are opinions marked as opinions, or are they presented as unbiased fact?
  • Who is responsible for its dissemination?
  • Do the authors make their intentions or purpose clear?

Hoax Busting Information

See a Facebook post, Tweet, or hear a comment that doesn't sound true?

Sometimes Googling the claim with the word "hoax" brings up a lot of great information. Still, you have to evaluate even that - there are websites that claim Stonehenge is a hoax set up by the lizard aliens that are masquerading as the Royal family (I couldn't make that up).

Or, you can check these sites below. All are nonpartisan and dependable.

Where you get your information matters

This is a great graphic explaining biases and dependability of sources of information.

How to find and evaluate resources - the short version

How to tell FAKE NEWS


If you don't know it's true, DON'T SHARE IT!

Here are some good articles on FAKE NEWS:

What is information literacy?

Information Literacy is the ability to:

- Determine the extent of information needed

- Access the needed information effectively and efficiently

- Evaluate information and its sources critically

- Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base

- Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose

- Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

Source: Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

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