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What is Authority? (Video)

Most scholarly materials you use will be based on some level of authority, which is why it’s important to recognize what makes a source authoritative and how to credit it in your assignments.

This video will discuss what authority is and how it relates to your research paper, how to properly cite authoritative sources to avoid committing plagiarism, and how to critically evaluate authoritative information.

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Introduction to Bias (Video)

We all have preconceived notions about how the world works or what to expect from certain situations.

It’s important to be aware of biases when evaluating your own responses to sources and situations, and when examining the reasoning and arguments of others.

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Types of Bias (Video)

We all have preconceived notions about how the world works or what to expect from certain situations.

This video will help you spot the varieties of bias so you can identify it in yourself and others.

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QUIZ: Bias Quiz

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Evaluating Sources (Video)

Having trouble finding reliable sources of news and information?

This video will help you critically evaluate sources using these five criteria: authority, accuracy, currency, relevance, and objectivity.

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Evaluating Information (Tutorial)

Once you have found a source, it is important to evaluate the information presented within it.

This tutorial will cover the 6 ways to evaluate a resource: Who? What? Where? When? How? Why?

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Choosing the Best Web Source (Tutorial)

The Internet is an integral part of life in the information age—so much knowledge is available at our fingertips. But not all information on the open web is free or trustworthy.

By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to recognize open and hidden web resources, determine if a site on the open web is reliable, analyze resources on the open web.

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Understanding Misinformation (Video Tutorial)

Misinformation can impact your ability to fully understand important issues and make informed decisions.

The following videos will review the common types of misinformation and introduce you to strategies for evaluating news items found online.

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QUIZ: Misinformation

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QUIZ: Evaluating Information

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News Reporting vs. Opinion Pieces in Journalism (Tutorial)

News is ubiquitous in print and online. As an informed individual, it’s your responsibility to distinguish between the different types of news available.

This tutorial will focus on two types of journalism: news reporting and opinion.

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Evaluating Digital Sources Using Lateral Readings (Tutorial)

Because of the vast amount of information available online, it can be difficult to tell at first glance what sources are authoritative.

You can use "lateral reading" to learn more about a website by leaving the website to consult other sources to learn more about the organization or authors behind the site.

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