Families and Health Block U

This is a course guide for Dr. Anita Pascoe's Families and Health Block U course.

Assignment Instructions

Strategies for Evaluating Sources
10/01 Assignment Instructions 

  1. Get into project groups
  2. Read the two articles based on your group number
  3. Are the articles false? True? Partially true?  What do you think, and how did you come to that conclusion?  If you're stuck, refer to your RADAR handout.
  4. Discuss with your group and be prepared to report out to the class




Keepin’ It Real Tips & Strategies for Evaluating Fake News



  • Fake News: Authentic material used in the wrong context or imposter news sites designed to look like brands we already know

  • Click Bait: Headlines that intentionally leave out crucial information to mislead user into clicking

  • Bias: A predisposition or tendency that distorts your ability to fairly weigh the evidence and prevents you from reaching a fair or accurate judgment

  • Confirmation Bias: Pursuing information that reassures or reflects a person’s particular point of view

  • Verification: an investigative process by which one gathers, assesses, confirms, and weighs evidence to search for truth 


Use R A D A R* to evaluate your latest news

R ationale. Who is the audience? Is there bias expressed? Do they have evidence?

A uthority. Who is this? What is their history and education?

D ate. When was this story made available? Are there newer stories on the same topic?

A ccuracy. Was this reviewed by experts? Are there citations or links to other stories?

R elevance. Is this story addressing the topic? Does it add to your knowledge?



FactCheck.Org (http://www.factcheck.org): Founded in 2003, project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg

Politifact (http://www.politifact.com/): run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida

Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/): Created in 1995 by David Mikkelson, a California based writer. Site is a independent, self-sufficient entity funded through advertising revenues.

Tin Eye (https://www.tineye.com) or reverse Google image search: check if images have been photo-shopped, falsely reused, or changed to fit a story’s bias


Adapted from:

Mandalios, J. (2013). RADAR: An approach for helping students evaluate Internet sources. Journal Of Information Science, 39, 470- 478. doi:10.1177/0165551513478889.

Meriam Library at California State University, Chico. (2010, September 17). Evaluating information-Applying the CRAAP test. Retrieved from http://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/eval_websites.pdf

Assignments and Handouts for Day 2

Watch the full John Oliver clip on YouTube

Scientific Studies: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)  (Be warned: this show has some (im)mature sections that may offend some watchers)


screen capture of john olive video

Marriott Library Eccles Library Quinney Law Library