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Beginning college students often make assumptions that scholarly sources are inherently bias-free. Students may also hold the belief that if they find a source through a library database, it is automatically a useful and neutral viewpoint on a topic. These mindsets can limit students’ motivation to apply evaluation strategies beyond establishing credibility based on the author’s credentials.This lesson plan introduces the concept of positionality statements to help students understand that scholars do not leave their identities and life experiences behind when they conduct research. Students...
Contributor: Lauren Wallis
Resource Type(s): Activity, Lesson Plan
The goal of this activity is to help students develop a broader understanding how authority is determined and what types of sources are considered appropriate in different contexts. It is also intended to help address some of the misconceptions that students have related to the source evaluation process. 
Contributor: Jane Hammons
Resource Type(s): Activity
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Authority is Constructed and Contextual
This web resource provides a brief overview of the concept Authority is Constructed and Contextual. It includes a video, a concept description, and the related knowledge practices and dispositions. 
Contributor: Jane Hammons
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Authority is Constructed and Contextual
The goal of this activity is to help students start to think critically about the evaluation strategies that they have learned and whether they support the effective evaluation of information. Students will learn about the lateral reading strategy for evaluation and compare it to their existing evaluation process. 
Contributor: Jane Hammons
Resource Type(s): Activity
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Authority is Constructed and Contextual
Sample Excel sheet for recording multiple variables and characteristics when assessing student Annotated Bibliography assignments. 
Contributor: Sarah Hood
Resource Type(s): Assessment Material
Reports from leading organizations on Misinformation & Media/News Literacy
Contributor: Sarah Hood
Resource Type(s): Bibliography
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Authority is Constructed and Contextual
This activity is designed to help students understand the difference between background sources and scholarly sources. Students will read a quick overview of the key differences between these source types, and then they will be asked to classify five sample sources. For each source, they will make an initial judgment based on a screenshot and then take a closer look at the full source to see if their gut instinct was correct. Correct answers and explanations are provided for each source.This activity is suitable for in-person, synchronous online, and asynchronous online instruction. It is...
Contributor: Elisabeth White
Resource Type(s): Activity
These materials accompany the book chapter 7 "Database Scavenger Hunt and Analysis for Accounting Students" from Teaching Business Information Literacy published by ACRL Press.
Contributor: Robbi De Peri
Resource Type(s): Syllabus
Goal: The primary goal of the activity or assignment is for students to develop an increased understanding of the peer review process and how it is connected to the authority or credibility of different information sources. Students will also be encouraged to consider some of the criticisms that have been raised about the process and consider alternatives for determining authoritative sources within a field or discipline.Learning Outcomes:Explain the basic process of scholarly peer reviewExplore how the peer review process is used to identify or establish authoritative or credible works...
Contributor: Jane Hammons
Resource Type(s): Activity
This resource provides an overview of the concept Authority is Constructed and Contextual from the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. A brief overview of the concept is provided and several of the related knowledge practices and dispositions are highlighted. 
Contributor: Jane Hammons
Information Literacy Frame(s) Addressed: Authority is Constructed and Contextual

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