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LILi: Lifelong Information Literacy 2023 Conference

Bears vs. Babies… or Sources vs. Scholars: Developing a Card Game for Source Evaluation

Presented by Beth Carpenter (University at Buffalo) (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

The Oatmeal's game Bears vs. Babies is a card game with the goal of building a strong bear with different powers pulled from a deck of cards. By adapting this structure for gamifying source evaluation, learners will be able to think about the kinds of factors that are important to sources that they may want to use for research. This session will talk about the various aspects of source evaluation, and the strengths that both popular and scholarly sources have, as well as some of their weaknesses. There will also be discussion of best practices for building a game, and how to think through the concepts that are the goal of the game, and applying these concepts to the rules and outcomes.