You've been asked to research the stereotypes related to a specific group of people; and how these stereotypes have been communicated over various types of media. In the end, you will talk about how this portrayal has impacted our views.
Currency : The timeliness of the information.
• Check the date of publication.
• Look for updated or revised information.
Relevance: Determine if the information relates to your topic.
• Check the title.
• Read the summary/abstract.
Authority: The source of the information.
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of information.
• Is the information supported by evidence? Check for citations and bibliography.
• Determine if the publication is peer-reviewed.
• Look for spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors.
Purpose: The reason the information exists.
• Why was the information written: to inform, teach, sell, entertain, or persuade?
• Determine if the information is fact, opinion, or propaganda.
• Check for political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases.
• Determine the intended audience.
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