Who Can I Trust? – Questions to Ask When Evaluating Information Sources (featuring SIFT, PIE, and SMELL methods)
This lesson is intended as a one hour, single-session overview of one aspect of information literacy: evaluating the trustworthiness of resources, particularly online. The lesson is designed for a group of 10-25 adults in a public or academic library, or is also suitable for high school students. Instructor will teach students how to investigate a source and apply three small but powerful information literacy tools to evaluation: SIFT, PIE, and SMELL.
- The student will be able to distinguish between standard evaluative criteria and apply appropriate criteria to an information source to determine its quality and relevance.
- The student will be able to detect misinformation and defend the credibility of a source by using relevant evaluative criteria and verifying claims externally.
- Students will be able to locate a variety of sources about a topic and discern which would be most useful in fulfilling their information need.