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Using Infographics to Teach Source Evaluation to Biology Freshmen




Hartman, Patricia
Roberts, Sharon


Given the immediate visual impact of infographics as well as the ease of creating them, infographics are an effective way to communicate complex information. However, viewers of infographics may draw very different conclusions depending on how the data are presented. I worked with a Biology professor to develop two epidemiology-themed information literacy classes on infographics. We had two goals for these sessions: 1) Students would be able to apply evaluative criteria to infographic sources in order to judge accuracy, bias, and quality of infographics; and 2) students would be able to locate appropriate data sources in order to create their own infographics. I will describe the development and outcome of the classes, as well as the benefits to students, faculty member, and librarian.