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Peer Review

Credible Sources Count!

by Tanja Harrison


Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.75 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Aug 12, 2009 by Library and Information Services
Overview: This is an excellent animation of why critical thinking skills are so important in this information society today. It explains the 5 questions that should be asked when looking at sources from the Web.
Type of Material: Tutorial
Recommended Uses: This resource could be used in class or assigned as homework when discussing information literacy on the web and reinforcing critical thinking skills.
Technical Requirements: Adobe Flash is required. Browser should also be configured to always allow pop-ups from this site.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The tutorial lays out four distinct learning goals for the student. "1. To evaluate information with a critical eye. 2. To use criteria to determine credible web sources. 3. To spot other reliable sources they can use. 4. Where to get help."
Target Student Population: high school, undergraduate college students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The examples in this tutorial are explained well and are relevant to current issues with information on the web. The concept is fully explained and students are encouraged to consult outside sources from the library for more information or get help from a librarian as needed.
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: This is a very easy and short tutorial that teaches the concept of thinking critically about the sources we find on the web. It also compares sources on the web with other library sources, like books and journals. A lot can be learned about different kinds of sources in a short time. The learning goals of this tutorial are very clear throughout and the concepts of website evaluation build progressively. Students will enjoy the interactivity of this resource.
Concerns: None.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This interactive tutorial is very easy to use and the design quality is superb. The authors made this interactive tutorial interesting and engaging.
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: Overall, an excellent resource, turn off the pop-up blocker in browser. Excellent for teaching critical thinking skills also.