Society & Culture
U of A librarian offers advice to help you sift through an endless stream of info and sort out what’s accurate and trustworthy.
In the age of COVID-19, news articles and information about the disease, and what we should be doing to prevent its spread, are endless. But how can you tell what information is accurate, what’s purely speculative and what’s just plain wrong?
Part of the challenge with COVID-19 is that it’s so new.
“There’s so much research that’s happening on the virus and the pandemic, and so much that is unknown,” said Kara Blizzard, a librarian at the University of Alberta's Augustana Campus who teaches information literacy skills to students. “More information comes out all the time, and it’s always changing, so it can be difficult to know what to read and what to trust.”
Blizzard recommends a few steps you can take to evaluate the information you’re receiving and make sure what you’re reading, watching and listening to is trustworthy an...