Trick or treat? Truth or lies?
How do you know if the information you have found has a special agenda behind it? Does the information have a particular angle, slant, or spin to it?
Look for clues. Clues like:
- the website mission statement
- the domain suffix (.com, .edu, .gov, etc.)
- the authorship
- the advertising
- the organization behind the information
- the language
Bias isn't always bad. We benefit from hearing other people's opinions. It is just good to know why the information was written in the first place. If you can recognize bias, then you can be a better judge of how you will use the information, or if you will use it at all.
Ask: Does the information exist because someone wants to inform me, persuade me, or sell me something?
RADCAB A mnemonic acronym for information evaluation
Created by Karen M. Christensson, M.S. Library Media Education