Information Literacy Module IV: Evaluating Information
Who or what would you trust more?
- A mother who says you simply must meet her son because he’s such a good catch
- A dating service that will make its money only if you are satisfied with the match
- A carton of milk that is still two weeks away from its expiration date
- A carton of milk that’s been festering in the back of your fridge for a year and a half
- Someone selling stolen goods out of the back of his car
- Someone selling goods with warrantees in a brick and mortar store
- An investigator who’s collected files of evidence against a defendant
- A plaintiff who has a hunch that the defendant is a bad guy
- Tour Guide
- A tour guide who has lived, worked, and studied in your destination city for years
- A tour guide who’s never actually been to your destination
In the same way that you wouldn’t trust a biased mother, an old jug of milk, a TV with a sketchy history, lazy testimony, or an unqualified tour guide, you wouldn’t trust a research source that is biased, outdated, lacking credentials, shallow, or lacking authority.
|Guiding Your Research|
|What types of sources would you consider good sources research for your current project? Which sources do you think you’ll want to stay away from?|