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The WHY Method: An Updated Approach to Source Evaluation


Welcome to our guide, which shares a wide array of materials and resources connected with The WHY Method, an updated approach to source evaluation for students in K-12 schools and in college/university coursework.

On the left you'll see tabs that lead to other pages: Instructional Materials, providing instructional handouts and other materials for using The WHY Method with middle school, high school, and college students; Assessment Materials, providing the more detailed research version of our taxonomy; and Publications & Presentations, with links to presentations and other publications connected with the method.

Please explore freely, and be sure to contact any of us if you have questions about our work!

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Many of the materials shared in this guide are released under the CC BY-NC-SA License, meaning:  

  • Reusing/editing/transforming these materials is fine--even encouraged! 
  • You can use this work for non-commercial purposes only.
  • You must credit the authors.
  • You must share your materials under the same license.

We hope to build a community of practice around The WHY Method, in which librarians and educators share resources and approaches very freely. If you create documents of your own based on The WHY Method that you'd like to share, we hope you'll contact us so that they can be added to this guide!