Check your Investigative Skills using our newest game release, BAD APPLE. Five online Challenges test your ability to tell the difference between trustworthy information and misinformation. Drag and drop these "Apples" from the tree into GOOD or BAD baskets: Author, Publisher, Freshness, Bias, Backlinks and Fact Checking. Pick up valuable tips along the way as you investigate real Webpages. Can you earn a score equivalent to Information Fluency?

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Improve Your Search Fluency

Finding the information you need can be like finding a needle in a haystack. There's a 1 in 5 chance, more or less, you will match the same keywords used to find, locate, retrieve, pinpoint or search the information you are looking for. By the way, verbs make poor search terms as there are many ways to define actions.

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Digital Information Fluency

Digital Information Fluency (DIF) is the ability to find, evaluate and use information retrieved online effectively, efficiently and ethically. DIF involves Internet and database search skills that start with understanding how digital information is different from print information, knowing how to use specialized tools for finding digital information and strengthening the dispositions needed in the digital information environment. Read about Model and Standards...


Teachers and Librarians

Teachers, librarians and trainers improve their skills and, in turn, equip learners of all ages to achieve 21st Century research proficiencies. To make the most of the instructional resources on this site, see How To Use This Site.



Whether you are a student, already have a career or just spend time online, you need credible information. The alternative is misinformation, and that can be costly. You already have your own search strategies, but are they the most effective and efficient? Try this challenge

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