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BRAIN: Using your BRAIN to evaluate information

What "new" means


How current is the article? How current is the information contained within the article? It is important to check the dates to make sure you have the most current information available.  

Practical tips for evaluating new or timeliness

Tips for evaluating new:

  • When was the information published or posted?
  • Has the information been revised or updated?
  • Is this an old story being recirculated as new?
  • Are the sources and links in the article current?
  • When using the library databases, limit by date.
  • Think before you share.  Memes and click bait stories often recirculate as new.  Check multiple sources to find the original source.
  •  When a major event or story is happening, wait a few hours for all the information to come out.  As events are unfolding, wrong information can spread very quickly.

How to choose your news