Critical literacy is an instructional approach that advocates the adoption on "critical" perspectives toward text. It encourages readers to actively analyze texts and offer strategies for what proponents describe as uncovering underlying messages.
Watch these two videos Evaluating Sources and Reading Articles as they discuss in more detail engaging with research sources while applying critical literacy.
Is what the author is presenting a sound argument?
Are they leaving information out that is important to the discussion of the topic?
Who wrote the page and can you contact him or her?
Is this person qualified to write this document?
Are the author(s) credentials or affiliations listed?
Check the document URL: What institution or organization published this document? Where is it located?
Is the information presented in the document cited correctly in a bibliography or reference list?
What is the purpose of the document and why was it produced?
What goals/objectives does this page meet?
How detailed is the information?
What opinions (if any) are expressed by the authors?
Can you detect bias from the information given?
When was it produced?
When was it last updated?
How up-to-date are the links? Are there dead links?
Is the page content outdated?
Can you access the information requested?
Is the information locked behind a "paywall" or login requirements?
Is the information provided thorough?
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