Students do outside reading of sources they identify and evaluate themselves and use the information they discover to inform an in-class discussion of the topic. For example, ask each student to find background information about a topic you will be covering in class that week and serve as the class “expert” on that topic during the class discussion.
This assignment asks students to record their search strategy and evaluate the sources they choose to use for their research.
Using credible sources, students write or update a Wikipedia entry relate to the course topic. Students can first evaluate the sources used to create the original entry.
Students select sources on a topic and then cite, summarize and evaluate each source.
Students select a topic and compare how that topic is treated in several different sources.
Students find a popular and scholarly article on a topic related to the class, briefly summarize the articles and describe how they differ. They can also be asked to keep a research log about how they found the articles.
Students analyze a primary and secondary source on a course-related topic and reflect upon the differences between these types of sources.
This grid provides criteria to evaluate a web site to distinguish between reliable and unreliable information on the web.
This guide presents tips and tricks for following conversations between authors in the popular and scholarly literature and to find reactions to articles and blog posts.
This resource supports instructors to teach students how to find and evaluate viewpoint websites. It includes classroom exercises and worksheets set up for three classroom technology scenarios, and take-home assignments.
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