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Science Misinformation

Evaluating Science Materials

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Keywords:
 

  • "fake science"
  • pseudoscience

Investigate the author/producer - Lateral Reading

Searching for information about the author or organization responsible for the website, article, or book is an excellent way of evaluating sources. This method is called lateral reading. 

  • Google the author or organization responsible for posting the information. 
  • Search the author/organization in the library's OneSearch box. 

 

The four minute video "Lateral Reading" created by Robert Detmering, Amber Willenborg, and Terri Holtze from the University of Louisville Libraries gives great ideas on how to investigate author/producers. The UL website also has a nifty handout you may want to download.

 

 

A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science

Brunning, Andy. "A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science." Ci: Compound Interest, Andy Brunning/Compound Interest, 2017, www.compoundchem.com/2014/04/02/a-rough-guide-to-spotting-bad-science/. Accessed 7 Dec. 2017.

 

A Rough Guide to Types of Scientific Evidence

Brunning, Andy. "A Rough Guide to Types of Scientific Evidence." Ci: Compound Interest, Andy Brunning/Compound Interest, 2017, www.compoundchem.com/2015/04/09/scientific-evidence/. Accessed 7 Dec. 2017.

 

How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter About Visual Information - Alberto Cairo

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