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Information Literacy Library Instruction for S100 and S154: Library Activities for S100

Evaluating Sources

Below are links to two articles. I will assign each of you to look at one article. The article might be lengthy, but don't worry--you can quickly skim it to get the general idea of what it's about.

After skimming the article, work with a partner to develop your own understanding of what it means for a source to be credible. I will call on volunteers to share with the class what clues to you look for when trying to decide something is credible.

I encourage you to think about credibility in terms of the content of the information, not its format. In other words, credibility is not dependent on whether the information is delivered in print or electronically, or what the domain name might be. Define credibility in terms of qualities that are related to the source’s content.


Article #1Feline Reactions to Bearded Men

Article #2Understanding Feline Behavior and Application for Appropriate Handling and Management


Library Tools to Help You Find Scholarly and Credible Sources on Careers

1. Occupational Outlook Handbook provides comprehensive overviews of hundreds of careers, including salary and educational preparation, about several professions. Do a keyword search to find an article about the career you're interested in.

2. Business Source Complete is a database that contains scholarly and popular articles about business--including research on careers. You can search here to find articles about the career you're interested in. One search you might try is to use the keywords "career satisfaction" along with the career you're researching.

3. Academic Search Premier is a database that contains scholarly and popular articles about many topics in many subject areas. If Business Source Complete does not provide you with useful results, try doing the same search in Academic Search Premier.

4. IUCAT is the library catalog. This search tool tells you what books we own and they are located. It also connects you to e-books available through our library. You can also search IUCAT to locate books owned by other IU libraries, and you can request that those books be sent to you. 



Plagiarism Prevention

Any time you use information that you did not create and think up on your own, you must acknowledge the original source of the information. This is how you demonstrate that you are an ethical thinker, writer, and researcher, and it helps you to avoid committing plagiarism. You can consult the IU Southeast Writing Center or the Purdue OWL for assistance with documentation styles such as MLA or APA style.