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Current Events and Scholarship

Research Guide related to the discovery, evaluation, and usage of current events in the classroom, in daily life, and for lifelong learning.

Current Events and Information Literacy

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Critical Information Literacy

Reporting on Current Events can tell us a lot about our society. As we engage with media (Newspapers, Newscasts, Podcasts, Blogs, or Social Media Feeds) it is important to analyze current events in terms of context, what we know from past scholarship, and using evaluation skills.

Listed below are several methods that can help improve your understanding of current events and increase your ability to engage in civil dialogue.

Debate Versus Dialogue

Dialogue and Debate

Conversations about current events can tap into our emotions. When talking about issues that are personal, focus on promoting dialogue versus proving people wrong. Be curious, not furious.

Use the resource link below to find more information about the differences between dialogue and debate.

Lateral Reading

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Lateral Reading

Lateral Reading involves seeking information about the source you have found OUTSIDE of the source. So, you might use a reference source like the Oxford Handbooks to verify statements made in the source. You may search for information related to the topic of the writing from verified sources. Lateral Reading means looking to past scholarship, evaluating the author's credentials, and putting the information into context.

SIFT Method

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SIFT: The Four Moves

  • Stop
  • Investigate the Source
  • Find Better Coverage
  • Trace Claims, Quotes, and Media to the Original Context

CCOW Method

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CCOW Method

  • Credentials
  • Claims
  • Objective
  • Worldview

CRAAP Test Method

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  • Currency
  • Relevance
  • Authority
  • Accuracy
  • Perspective