Citation Needed

Image by Dan4th. HT vjack I emphasize information literacy a lot here on my blog, and even more so in classes that I teach. Learning to not just click “share” or “like” without fact-checking, looking up the source of a quotation, and so on, is a key part of this. I like the way this [Read More...]

Larry Hurtado on Expertise

Larry Hurtado has a post on scholarship and why he is suspicious of those who claim to have come up with a definitive solution to something despite not being trained in the relevant skills, languages, etc. I’ll quote it at length, since it says a lot that is important: I have to say that it’s [Read More...]

Information Literacy Song Lead Sheets

I had a request for lead sheets (lyrics and chords) for the three information literacy songs I shared here recently. The request came from a teacher who wanted to use them in a high school – to be performed on the ukulele. I would love to have a chance to hear how that sounds! Anyway, having [Read More...]

The Information Literacy Song Trilogy

Here are the three songs that I and my colleague Chad Bauman created and performed recently, trying to convey some key points about information literacy: Which is your favorite? I’m thinking the market for humorous songs about information literacy is now saturated. And so what should be next? How about funny songs related to the [Read More...]

Wish Things Were Clear

Here’s another information literacy tutorial song parody video I made. This one focuses on the SMELL Test. The lyrics follow below.   Wish Things Were Clear So – so you think you can tell Good sources by SMELL Research from bunk Can you tell a real deal From a fake free lunch A theory from [Read More...]

The CRAPpy Song (by The Crap Test Dummies)

Inspired by (and not to be outdone by) my recent effort to convey information literacy skills in song, my colleague Chad Bauman has written and recorded a song of his own. It is focused on the CRAP test, which is a mnemonic device for remembering key things to look for when evaluating sources. Have a [Read More...]

Viva La Library (The Information Literacy Song)

I was looking recently for an amusing song to convey key points about information literacy to students. Since I didn’t find something that was in a style I could relate to, I made this. It is goofy, but it’s supposed to me. Hope you enjoy it! Lyrics: Viva la Library (The Information Literacy Song) I [Read More...]

Nuh-uh

This cartoon illustrates a point I have been trying to make a lot this week, about the importance of information literacy. It comes via the Union of Concerned Scientists 2013 cartoon contest. Click through to see several more cartoons on the same theme of science denialism.   [Read more...]

In the Absence of Information Literacy

I recently had a conversation with someone on Facebook who was persuaded that students can be expected to learn for themselves how to discern good information from bad on the internet, and that their instincts will serve them well without their needing to worry about whether the sources they turn to reflect the work of [Read More...]

The Penalty for Citing Wikipedia

John Anderson shared on Facebook the wonderful threat he makes to students if they should dare to cite Wikipedia in an assignment. He said he tells them he will change the Wikipedia article, penalize them for citing Wikipedia, and then penalize them again for not citing it accurately! The point he is trying to get [Read More...]

I Take the Bible too Seriously to Not Fact-Check Internet Quotations

This quotation, often attributed to Karl Barth, came across my feed on Facebook this morning: “I take the Bible too seriously to read it literally.” Whenever I try to trace a quotation to its source, especially if the source is famous, and what I find are pages and pages of just the quote with no [Read More...]


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