The two main questions they encourage students to ask: How does the information change over time — is it constantly updated and revised, or static? And how has it been reviewed?
Miller-Cochran stresses that just because something has been published in print does not make it a reliable source. Such doubts could arise about self-published books, for example. Conversely, online materials are not necessarily inherently unreliable.
Often, as in the case of Wikipedia, which has elements of peer review as well as self-publication, the answers can get murky. But Miller-Cochran says the end goal is for students to learn how to analyze texts without "pigeonholing the material based on where it was found."
—Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer.
Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.