Are you ‘Information Literate’?

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It’s much easier to make a
credible looking website than it is to make a credible looking book. So when
you’re on the web, how do you evaluate the credibility of the information
you’ve found? On average, it seems, not very well!
Research carried out a couple
of years ago found that people use only superficial cues when making judgements
about a site. In other words, if it looks professional, then it is. People are
generally ‘cognitive misers’, tending not to check the credentials of the
author or their motivation in making the information available. The new buzz
phrase for this type of skill is ‘information literacy’.
About the author

Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD
is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from
University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about
scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book
“Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.