Critical Thinking is ones ability to think clearly and rationally, and interpret what one sees, hears and reads. In today's information filled world it is very important that people learn to look critically at the sources they use.
Watch this TedTalk about Critical thinking. What choices do you already think critically about in your life?
Check out the link. See if you can identify some problems with the sites listed!
The timeliness of the information.
When was the information published or posted?
Has the information been revised or updated?
Does your topic require current information, or will older sources work as well?
Are the links functional?
The importance of the information for your needs.
Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
Who is the intended audience?
Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
The source of the information.
Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
What are the author's credentials or organizational affiliations?
Is the author qualified to write on the topic?
Is there contact information, such as a publisher or email address?
Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?examples: .com .edu .gov .org .net
The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.
Where does the information come from?
Is the information supported by evidence?
Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
Does the language or tone seem unbiased and free of emotion?
Are there spelling, grammar or typographical errors?
The reason the information exists.
What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?
Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
Is the information fact, opinion or propaganda?
Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional or personal biases?
Look through these news sites. Which one do you think is most reliable?
Find a news story that interests you, from two sites. Apply the CRAAP test to both of them, be prepared to share your results with the class!
Whenever you use the web please think critically about what you see.
Be sure to apply the CRAAP test or look at this sheet from the UBC library.
Think before you share!
Follow these tips before you share anything on social media.