Information Literacy

  • Information Literacy covers a range of skills and abilities connected to finding, using, and evaluating information. Some common information literacy skills include:

    • Effective search strategies
    • Evaluating the credibility and validity of sources
    • Recognizing bias in publications and media
    • Citing and using sources properly
    • Respecting copyright

    The following resources will be useful for learning more about information and news literacy.


    Madison College Information Literacy Guide

    This large resource contains summaries of all aspects of information literacy. Guides to choosing a topic, trusting information found online, citing sources, and understanding college level research are presented; an advanced and in-depth resource.


    What is Information Literacy Video Clip

    Brief explanation of information literacy and its application in the real world.

  • Reliable and Credible Sources for Students

    Compilation of reliable and credible sources from Common Sense Education aimed a students of varying ages. This list contains trustworthy, fact-based sites and apps and will be especially useful for its listing of high-quality primary source sites.


    Verifying Online Information Guide

    This guide presents tools and tips for determining if online information is trustworthy and reliable. One unique feature that is included is a chart that guides users in verifying photos and visual media. Tips for staying safe online are included, as well.


    Best News Websites for Students

    Compiled by Common Sense Education, this compilation of news websites aimed at students presents news at a variety of grade levels with age-appropiate content. CNN10 and PBS NewsHour Extra will be especially useful for high school students.


    Fake News Research Guide

    This in-depth guide to fake news from Madison College includes a defintion of the concept, tips for identifying fake news, and links to reliable news and data sources. Users will find a valuable compilation of links to official data from governments and non-governmental organizations.


    News Literacy Tips and Tools

    This compilation of activities, quizzes, and graphics from the News Literacy Project includes information about  the credibility of sources, identifying misinformation, confirmation bias, and ethical sharing of information online. This resource will be valuable for users studying journalism, information, and media literacy skills.


    A Parent's Guide to Media Literacy

    This guide from the National Media Literacy Association outlines ways for parents to have conversatons with their children about media literacy. Includes suggestions for analyzing media, advertisements, and news.


    All Sides Media Bias Chart

    This media bias chart reflects the political perspective (not accuracy/credibility) of various online media outlets. Useful as a quick reference.


    In-Depth Media Bias Chart

    This media bias chart is useful for determining both the political bias of various sources as well as the news value and reliability of each source. Sources range from those with original fact reporting through propaganda and misleading information. An excellent tool to learn about unfamilar media outlets.