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Information Literacy: TEKS to ACRL: Evaluates Sources

Relates Texas Expectations of Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) to Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) information literacy standards

Goal 8: Summary: Evaluates Sources for Accuracy, Validity, Reliability, and Bias

Faced with huge amounts of information available, students should develop skills to determine the reliability and accuracy of sources.

TEKS: Kindergarten - Grade 2

Identify different forms of media (e.g. advertisements, newspapers, radio programs) with adult assistance. (K.12A)

Recognize different purposes of media (e.g. informational, entertainment) (1.16A, 2.16A)

TEKS: High School

Follow the research plan to gather evidence from experts on the topic and texts written for informed audiences in the field, distinguishing between reliable and unreliable sources and avoiding over-reliance on one source. (English, 3.21A, 4.21A)

Evaluate the relevance of information to the topic and determine the reliability, validity, and accuracy of sources (including internet sources) by examining their authority and objectivity. (1.22B, 2.22B)

Verify the accuracy, validity, and currency of required information. (Tech Apps, 3A)

Evaluate information for accuracy and validity. (Tech Apps, 3A)

Make decisions regarding the selection, acquisition, and use of information gathered, taking into consideration its quality, appropriateness, effectiveness, and level of interest to society. (Tech Apps, 5B)

Evaluate the validity and reliability of sources. (Tech Apps, 5D)

Determine the reliability of information available through electronic media. (Tech Apps, 5F)

Exercise: Middle School

TEKS: Grades 3 - 5

Understand how communication changes when moving from one genre of media to another. (3.16A)

Explain the positive and negative impacts of advertisement techniques used in various genres of media to impact consumer behavior. (4.14A)

Explain how messages conveyed in various forms of media are presented differently (e.g. documentaries, online information, televised news) (5.14A)

Evaluate the relevance, validity, and reliability of sources for the research. (5.25B)

Evaluate the usefulness of acquired digital content. (Tech Apps, K.3C, 1.3C, 2.3C)

Validate and evaluate the relevance and appropriateness of information. (K-5 Tech Apps, 3.3C, 4.3C, 5.3C)

ACRL Standards

Articulates and applies initial criteria for evaluating both the information and its sources. (3.2)

Examines and compares information from various sources in order to evaluate reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias. (3.2a)

Recognizes the cultural, physical, or other context within which the information was created and understands the impact of context on interpreting the information. (3.2d)

Exercise: High School

TEKS: Middle School

Differentiate between paraphrasing and plagiarism and identify the importance of citing valid and reliable sources. (6.23E, 7.23D, 8.23D)

Select and evaluate various types of digital resources for accuracy and validity. (MS Tech Apps, 3C)

Exercise: Elementary School

Exercise: College

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