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HON 4960 Metaliteracy & Research for Modern Scholars: Information Evaluation


  • How is your use of the web an active rather than passive experience?
  • Do you see yourself as more of a 'content creator' or a 'content consumer'?
  • Does the ability to crowdsource increase trust or decrease trust in the information?
  • How much information do you take at face value?
  • What 'triggers' or 'red flags' might cause you to look closer?
  • What criteria do you use to evaluate information? 
  • Is there a difference depending on the medium (website, research journal, news item, cereal box, etc.)?

Required Materials

Supplemental Materials

TED Talk: Markham Nolan: "How to separate fact and fiction online" (13.5 min.)

By the end of this talk, there will be 864 more hours of video on YouTube and 2.5 million more photos on Facebook and Instagram. So how do we sort through the deluge? At the TEDSalon in London, Markham Nolan shares the investigative techniques he and his team use to verify information in real-time, to let you know if that Statue of Liberty image has been doctored or if that video leaked from Syria is legitimate.

The Machine is Us/ing Us