The National Library Board ’s (NLB) S.U.R.E programme, first launched in 2013, promotes the importance of information searching and discernment to the general public. The acronym stands for Source, Understand, Research, Evaluate – four concepts that an individual should keep in mind when assessing the reliability of news. NLB has since upgraded its S.U.R.E programme to become S.U.R.E. 2.0 – S.U.R.E for School; S.U.R.E. for Work; and S.U.R.E. for Life – to cater to the different needs and segments of the population.
S.U.R.E. distills key Information Literacy (IL) concepts into 4 simple ways:
Source: Look at its origins. Are they trustworthy? Make sure that the source of information is credible and reliable.
Understand: Know what you’re reading. Search for clarity. Look for facts rather than opinions. Question personal biases.
Research: Dig deeper. Go beyond the initial source. Investigate thoroughly before making a conclusion. Check and compare with multiple sources.
Evaluate: Find the balance. Exercise fair judgement. Look from different angles. There are at least two sides to every story.
How to be S.U.R.E. before you share
Learn how to safeguard yourself and others against online falsehoods by using the National Library Board’s S.U.R.E. steps.
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