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A guide for ENG 151 / Composition I. Information Literacy Part 2: Evaluating Information

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ENG 151 Why are we doing this?

Information Literacy is one of MCC's four general education goals. Part of Information Literacy is the ability to evaluate information for quality and to select sources that are suitable for the information need! We're here today to help you develop these skills in ENG 151. Following this session (and with some practice), you should be able to: 

  1. Evaluate the quality of a resource using multiple criteria including authority, objectivity, and accuracy.
  2. Judge the suitability of a resource to the information need by assessing  such characteristics as its purpose, scope, intended audience, point of view, timeliness, publication format, and relevance.
  3. Select appropriate search tools to identify and locate information sources for argumentative papers.
  4. Recognize that information issues are becoming increasingly important in our society.
  5. Recognize different information formats, such as journal articles, newspaper articles, blogs, etc.

Format Matters

Research Tip: Free Web vs. Fee Web

The Free Web is made up of web pages you can find using Google and other free web search engines. Some assignments do not allow free web resources. Good material may be found here, but you might also find a lot of popular resources that are inappropriate for academic writing. Refer to our SCARAB for help in evaluating your sources.

The Fee Web (also known as the Hidden, Invisible, or Deep Web) includes subscription databases. You can limit your results to full text and scholarly, peer-reviewed articles that are often required.


ENG 151 / Composition I

Information Literacy Session 2: Evaluating Resources


The popularity of social media as sources for news consumption has led some media critics to say that social media companies have a responsibility to control the spread of fake news. Others contend that they have neither the right nor the obligation to censor information available to the public. As "fake news" became news itself, some leaders of the Internet technology industry did become more vocal in addressing the subject of fake, misleading, or incorrect news--particularly social media's role in its broad and rapid transmission.

Write an argumentative paper discussing these issues. Research both sides of this question in order to support your viewpoint. Consider the following topic in a 4-5 page paper utilizing a minimum of three high quality resources and addressing this argumentative statement:

Do social media and Internet technology companies have a duty or responsibility to combat the proliferation of fake and misleading news through their apps?
  • Work in PAIRS 
  • Sources are located to the left (instructor will assign)
  • Use the SCARAB Rubric for evaluating and scoring sources
  • When the librarian instructs you to take a poll, go to to vote
  • Be prepared to share your evaluation scores (and reasoning) to the class!

Evaluation Criteria: SCARAB


Substance   Currency   Authority   Relevance   Accuracy   Bias

Here's How Fake News Works (and How the Internet Can Stop It) | WIRED | YouTube (2:48)

Books in our collection (there may be more depending on your exact topic)

Checking the facts

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Podcast: What's New | Episode 2: Fake News and the Next Generation

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Fake News is quickly disseminated through technology

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Podcast: ALA Dewey Decibel: Fake News

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