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ERIC Number: EJ1148847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1933-5954
Teaching and Un-Teaching Source Evaluation: Questioning Authority in Information Literacy Instruction
Angell, Katelyn; Tewell, Eamon
Communications in Information Literacy, v11 n1 p95-121 2017
This study details the design of library instruction sessions for undergraduate students that intended to encourage critical source evaluation and the questioning of established authorities, and appraises these instructional aims through a thematic analysis of 148 artifacts containing student responses to group and individual activities. The authors found a widespread reliance on traditional indicators of academic and scholarly authority, though some students expressed more personal or complex understandings of source evaluation, trustworthiness, and authorship. Based on the findings, recommendations are made for academic librarians interested in promoting learners' senses of agency and authority.
Communications in Information Literacy. Director, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa Library, Schusterman Center, 4502 East 41st Street, Tulsa, OK 74135. Tel: 918-660-3222; Fax: 918-660-3215; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
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