How can librarians help researchers improve their information literacy skills in the age of "fake news"?
Fake news isn't exactly a modern problem. People have always struggled with assessing the credibility of news and other information sources. The explosion of digital resources has made it easier to find information but much harder to evaluate it. Drawing on 17th-century wisdom from Sir Francis Bacon, contemporary research on the role our emotions play in shaping our beliefs, and an odd case of alleged academic fraud, we'll explore the longstanding challenge of teaching information literacy. We'll also demonstrate an evaluation tool that flags potentially fake or problematic web sites.