Information Literacy and Confirmation Bias: You Can Lead a Person to Information, but Can You Make Him Think?

Date
2017-07-01
Authors
Allan, Mark
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Publisher
Informed Librarian Online
Abstract

Many librarians teach information literacy skills including how to identify “fake news” without seemingly incorporating information about the confirmation bias. Suggestions for incorporating this topic into various credibility and information literacy models are addressed, along with techniques that librarians can utilize or teach to their patrons to overcome this bias.

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Keywords
Confirmation bias, cognitive bias, psychology, library science, psychology, information literacy, library instruction, fake news, congeniality bias, myside bias
Citation
Allan, M. A. (2017). Information literacy and confirmation bias: You can lead a person to information, but can you make him think? Informed Librarian Online, May.