Exercise: Ways of Knowing

by Megan Stark, University of Montana

The Ways of Knowing (using library archives to investigate place) exercise encourages students to consider the purpose of a particular set of archival materials in order to reflect upon how they came to their knowledge about place, and then to evaluate it according to familiar information literacy principles like credibility, authority, bias, scope, purpose and audience. A great assignment for engaging students with archival materials and inviting them to think about the many ways they have come to their own knowledge.

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