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Information Literacy: Module 4- Evaluating Resources

Introduction to the ACRL Information Literacy support provided by the Albright Library.

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Albright College is committed to maintaining the highest standards of information literacy and creative thinking in both its curriculum and its campus culture. The Albright College Gingrich Library provides comprehensive information literacy modules and works diligently with faculty to intergrate the standards set forth by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Mission Statement

Assignments -- Asignments, IL Modules and IL tutorials 

ACRL Framework--The new ACRL Framework that replaces the standards

The Old Standards- the ACRL division of the American Library Association has set the highest standards for College and University level Information Literacy. These standards have since been rescinded and replaced with the ACRL Framework.

Getting Assistance -- Who to contact to get assistance.

Module 4- Evaluating Resources


To teach students to analyze resources and recognize bias, determine if resources are scholarly or popular, and to evaluate web resources utilizing the four concepts of accuracy, currency, authority, and objectivity


  The student will:

  • Be able to recognize the hallmarks of a scholarly vs. popular resource
  • Be capable of evaluating text and recognizing overt bias or prejudice in a resource
  • Be aware of website evaluation techniques and asses a website based on its accuracy, currency, authority, and objectivity.

Sample Lesson Plan:

1. Instructors will hand out the “Scholarly Journal vs. Popular Magazine Articles” handout outlining differences between mass media and scholarly items. The instructor will explain the differences and briefly outline the peer review publishing process.

2. The instructor will ask the student to define bias or prejudice, and compare their answers to the standard definitions. The instructor will also have students read two brief paragraphs and identify the one with an obvious bias.

3.The instructor will pass out hard copies of the “It’s a Jungle Out There,” and lead students through the online version to assure that they understand the concepts of accuracy, currency, authority, and objectivity. Students will then be broken into groups and asked to evaluate one of the following sites based on the four assessment criteria:


Sample grading Rubric for Module #4:


Performance factor


(Level 4)


(Level 3)


(Level 2)


(Level 1)

Demonstrates an ability assess the accuracy, currency, authority and objectivity of both academic and non-academic web resources

- Assesses each website based on the four criteria of accuracy, authority, objectivity and authority and determines if the site provides valid, unbiased, and thoroughly annotated academic information

-Identifies valid web resources based on domain names

-Evaluates site using at least three of the four criteria of authority, accuracy objectivity or currency. 

-Effectively evaluates resources for bias or inaccuracy.


-Evaluates sites using at least two of the four criteria of authority, accuracy objectivity or currency. 



-Requires retraining on the four evaluation criteria

-Requires assistance in identifying suitable resources based on domain names and academic references


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