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ENG 151: Information Literacy - Source Evaluation


Top 3 Takeaways

1. Formats

  • How information is packaged
  • Different formats have different purposes
  • Some formats are better for your purpose

2. Sources

  • The content, or the information itself
  • A range of source types, but the ends are popular and scholarly
  • All source types require evaluation, even scholarly sources

3. Strategies for evaluating information

  • SIFT: Stop, Investigate the source, Find better coverage, Trace back to the original source --> Good for popular sources and online formats
  • SCARAB: Substance, Currency, Authority, Relevance, Accuracy, Bias --> Good for more formal sources (like books) and scholarly sources