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Evaluating Information: Media Sources

Part 1: Media Literacy (2:28)

Part 2: Context (2:03)

Part 3: Stop (2:15)

Part 4: Investigate the Source (2:18)

Part 5: Find Additional Coverage (3:41)

Part 6: Trace Claims, Quotes, and Media Back to their Original Source (1:44)

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Part 1: Media Literacy


An overview of what media and media literacy are and how this video series can help you. 


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Part 2: Context


We explain what context is and why it's important to understand the context of a source when evaluating it; we also introduce the SIFT approach for (re-)contextualizing information. 


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Part 3: Stop


Learn why it's important to stop and think before you share or act on information you encounter; begin the process of putting the information back into its original context. 


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Part 4: Investigate the Source


We demonstrate that what constitutes an authoritative source can vary (depending on the situation) and we discuss lateral reading and skimming as ways to investigate sources more efficiently.


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Part 5: Find Additional Coverage


Learn to use known reputable sources to check a claim and compare information in multiple sources. 


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Part 6: Trace Claims, Quotes, and Media


We present clues that will help you to locate the original source of the claims, quotes, and media you encounter. 


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