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Becoming an Information Expert

Becoming an Information Expert Week

Feb. 5-8th, 2017
John C. Hitt Library

Can you unlock the mystery of reliable sources? Join us for a week of events to help you become an Information Expert! For each event you attend you’ll receive a clue to the Mystery of the Missing Songbird. The closer you get to solving the mystery, the better the prize!  Participate in all four events to reveal the answer to the mystery and receive a UCF libraries grand prize pack!

Are you an information expert Quiz?
Monday, Feb. 5th 10:30-12:30 – Main Floor

Can you separate fact from fiction? Stop by the library for the first clue in the Mystery of the Missing Songbird.  To receive your clue you’ll be asked to evaluate a series of sources and identify what makes them trustworthy or suspect.  Join us any time between 10:30-12:30 to begin your quest to becoming an Information Expert.

Workshops:

Fact checking 101
Tuesday, Feb. 6th 10:00-11:00 RM 223

This workshop will show you how information experts evaluate sources using real world examples.  Participants will learn what to look for to identify questionable sources, how to verify claims and how to categorize sources.  Participants will not only leave one step closer to being an information expert, they will also receive a clue identifying what is at the heart of the Mystery of the Missing Songbird.

Choosing the right source for the right project
Wed, Feb, 7th 1:30-2:30 RM 235C

In an academic setting the key to a successful project often lies in selecting the right supporting resources to use as the foundation of your work.  In this workshop, participants will explore how to choose the right resource for their project, and learn how to evaluate resources for fit beyond “peer review.”  Participants will also be given the clue to where news about the Mystery of the Missing Songbird first appeared.

Psychology of Fake News
Thursday, Feb. 8th 10:00-11:00, RM 223

Day in and day out we hear about fake news, biased news and every news outlet trying to convince us they are trustworthy, but why do they do it?  In this workshop we will explore how media influences our understanding of the world. We will discuss what we can do as information consumers to effectively evaluate information and get well rounded perspectives.  Participants will also be given the clue that reveals who is behind the Mystery of the Missing Songbird.

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