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How to Spot Fake News

Critical thinking is a key skill in media and information literacy, and the mission of libraries is to educate and advocate its importance.(IFLA)


Open Educational Resources (OER) are any type of educational material freely available for teachers and students to use, adapt, share, and reuse.

David Wiley, Lumen Learning

On this guide, you will find how you can use OER in your classroom. On the tabs across the top of this guide, you can find resources for finding, creating, and researching the effects of OER.

How to Search OER Commons


What are Open Educational Resources?

Important Definitions

  • copyright: "The exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video, etc.: works granted such right by law on or after January 1, 1978, are protected for the lifetime of the author or creator and for a period of 50 years after his or her death." (
  • intellectual property: "Property that results from original creative thought, as patents, copyright material, and trademarks." (
  • fair use: "The conditions under which you can use material that is copyrighted by someone else without paying royalties." (
  • Information Literacy: "Information literacy includes the ability to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively. From effective search strategies to evaluation techniques, students learn how to evaluate the quality, credibility, and validity of websites".(Retrieved from: Common sense education).

Find Open Educational Resources in LibrarySearch

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Scholarly vs Non Scholarly Information

  • Scholarly information usually refers to information that you find from your Library’s resources. Scholarly works are written by experts in the field and are examined for accuracy. They are also known as peer reviewed sources. A level of credibility is assumed when an item is found within the Library. However even if your evidence is sourced from the Library, the quality of the information itself should be assessed critically.
  • Non-scholarly Information usually refers to information that you find freely available on the Internet, and which can be written by anyone, for any purpose, without any expectation of trustworthiness.


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