Tag Archives: Information Literacy

Learn to Filter the BS

With so many ways of finding the definition to one word simply by typing it in and pressing Enter, you really need to know what to believe.  Its like shouting out the word and having a bunch of strangers run up to you ready to tell you their version of the answer.  Honestly I would say that the majority of the answers that are thrown at you are correct but then on that level, how correct are they.  There isn’t just a right and wrong. If you are seeking information on how to properly change a track on a snowmachine, the answers that are available can very greatly and to choose one step-by-step over another takes information literacy to think critically so you can weed out the wrong answers.  It not even that people are trying to steer you wrong every time, but  there is always a more efficient way to do something so taking your time and doing research is a critical part of finding the “right” answer.

Today we want everything instantly when it comes to the web, but if we are willing to take a little extra time to do some research on any given subject, cross-checking information can be very important to finding the right answer. The more you do this the more often you will start to trust one web site over another and will become more efficient at finding the information you want.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_literacy

http://www.webs.uidaho.edu/info_literacy/

http://www.plattsburgh.edu/library/instruction/informationliteracydefinition.php

The brain of an Information Literate person