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This guide will help you find and recognize reliable, credible information sources you find on the internet. You will discover it’s easier, and faster, to find better quality information using the library’s journal databases, videos, and books.
Part 1: Seeking Knowledge through Information
  • Don't believe everything you think.
  • Focusing your topic.
  • Planning your project.
  • Finding and evaluating quality information quickly and easily.
Part 2:  Who Should You Believe?
  • Approaching a problem
  • Understanding the research process
  • Living in the post-truth world
  • Distinguishing between opinion, fact, knowledge, and evidence-based expertise
  • Recognizing authorities and experts and knowing why we should listen to them
  • Uncovering an author's motives
  • Recognizing our limits
  • Respecting other points of view
  • The advantages of consulting the library faculty
Part 3:  Should You Believe Yourself?
  • Recognize how evolution often works against us when making logical decisions
  • Knowing our senses should not always be trusted
  • Recognizing that we act on emotion more often than on reason
  • Valuing the importance of questioning our answers
  • Spotting and avoiding confirmation bias
Part 4: Why Should I Believe You?
  • Convincing others to trust our sources
  • Respecting consumers (readers) of our information
  • Realizing our information sources reveal a great deal about us
  • Being a responsible citizen in the digital world

Lamson Library
Instruction Modules

Interactive skills tutorials designed by the faculty librarians for searching PSU resources

Crash Courses

Crash Course [John Green and Hank Green] believe that high quality educational videos should be available to everyone for free. Crash Course transforms the traditional textbook model by presenting information in a fast-paced format, enhancing the learning experience.

The courses linked here are "Navigating Digital Information" and "Media Literacy."