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MDIHS Library: Research Process

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SHEG Lessons

  • Evaluating Wikipedia: Students evaluate the trustworthiness of an article on Wikipedia, assessing whether they can reason about the specific features that make a Wikipedia article more or less reliable.

  • Claims on YouTube: Students watch a short video and explain why they might not trust a video that makes a contentious claim. 

  • Claims on Twitter: Students read a tweet and explain why it might or might not be a useful source of information.

  • Webpage Comparison: Students examine two websites and select the one that they would use to begin research on gun control, assessing their ability to identify the strengths and limitations of websites for learning about political topics

  • YouTube Evaluation: Students evaluate a YouTube video and identify reasons why it may be unreliable.

  • Claims on Social Media: Students consider the sources of a tweet and the information contained in it in order to describe what makes it both a useful and not useful source of information.

  • Social Media Video: Students watch an online video and identify its strengths and weaknesses.

  • Website Reliability: Students determine whether a partisan site is trustworthy.

  • Researching a Claim: Students search online to verify a claim about a controversial topic.

  • Comparing Articles: Students determine whether a news story or a sponsored post is more reliable.

  • Evaluating Evidence: Students decide whether to trust a photograph posted on a photo-sharing website.

  • Facebook Argument: Students consider the relative strength of evidence that two users present in a Facebook exchange.

  • News on Facebook: Students identify the blue checkmark that distinguishes a verified Facebook account from a fake one.

  • Argument Analysis: Students compare and evaluate two posts from a newspaper’s comment section.

  • Homepage Analysis: Students identify advertisements on a news website.

  • News Search: Students distinguish between a news article and an opinion column.

  • Comments Section: Students examine a post from a newspaper comment section and explain whether they would use it in a research report.

  • News on Twitter: Students consider tweets and determine which is the most trustworthy.

  • Article Assessment: In this exploration of “cloaked” websites, students confronted with an article from one such site can determine its sponsorship. For more information

  • Article Analysis: Students read a sponsored post and explain why it might not be reliable.


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