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Tags: FakeNews, MediaLiteracy
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In November 2016, The Stanford History Education Group published the results of their one and a half year study to determine the civic online reasoning skills (ability to reason about the information on the Internet) of 7,804 students across 12 states. Here is what they found:
Our “digital natives” may be able to flit between Facebook and Twitter while simultaneously uploading a selfie to Instagram and texting a friend. But when it comes to evaluating information that flows through social media channels, they are easily duped….
(See the report here).
One national conversation that has taken place since our presidential election has largely been focused around what is or isn’t news, what sources we can trust, and how to tell the difference. The Students in Stanford’s study are not the only ones who have trouble distinguishing between sources. Adults have trouble too, and our time spent on facebook seems to contribute largely to the dissemination of fake news.
Dean Miller writes in his article, Why we Need News Literacy Now:
When in doubt, look at the nonpartisan fact checking sites listed below to see what they have to say about a news story in question.
“A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, this nonpartisan and nonprofit site monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. The site’s goal is to “apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.”
“Opensecrets.org is the most comprehensive resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis available anywhere. And for other organizations and news media, the Center’s exclusive data powers their online features tracking money in politics – counting cash to make change. The OpenSecrets Blog features newsbreaking original reporting about money-in-politics, including the sort of investigative work that won the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2013 award for Public Service in Online Journalism.”
“PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida, as is PunditFact, a site devoted to fact-checking pundits. The PolitiFact state sites are run by news organizations that have partnered with the Times. The state sites and PunditFact follow the same principles as the national site. PolitiFact staffers research statements and rate their accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter, from True to False. The most ridiculous falsehoods get the lowest rating, Pants on Fire.
Snopes.com is an independent entity owned by its operators, Barbara and David Mikkelson. Their only funding is from advertising. This website attempts to debunk and validate urban legends, Internet rumors and other stories of uncertain origin.
Tax Resources February 21, 2017Posted by youngm2015 in Beneficial Bits n' Bytes.
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Still working on your taxes? We have a limited supply of forms here at the Steele Memorial Library. So far, we have no state instruction books. We know this is a stressful time of year, so we’re sharing some clickable resources here to hopefully make it easier to find what you need.
To Order Forms To Be Mailed To Your Home:
To Download & Print Forms:
[from your home computer, or the library computer]
IRS Forms & Publications
**** You will need to know the specific form numbers and publications that you want as well as making sure that you are obtaining the correct year.
(Librarians can print out forms for you at $0.10 per page.)
Local Tax Assistance
Offers free tax preparation services. Program is designed to help local residents claim the Earned Income Tax Credit; state and federal income tax preparation is available at no charge, to income eligible residents. Taxes are prepared by trained, certified volunteers. Free electronic filing is available in most cases. This service is provided through a collaboration of non-profit agencies.
AARP’s Tax-Aide is a program to provide income tax assistance to older and/or lower income persons. Enter your zip code to find the tax help location nearest you.
** NOTE ** Only current during the January – April tax season
Additional Listings For The Elmira Area
Offers these services to assist with tax preparation and filing.
Federal Forms & Information
New York State Forms & Information
Other State Tax Forms
Links to tax forms for all 50 U.S. states from the Federation of Tax Administrators.
The IRS provides this FreeFile page. Links to a “Help Me Find A Free File Company” option, as well as “I Will Choose A Free File Company” option.
New Titles in Genealogy and Local History February 6, 2017Posted by youngm2015 in Genealogy / Local History, Reference.
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Here are just a few of the titles we recently added to our genealogy and local history research collection:
Onondaga Iroquois Prehistory: A Study in Settlement Archaeology by James A. Tuck
Landmarks of the Revolution in New York State: A guide to the Historic Sites open to the Public by David C. Thurheimer
Population History of New York City by Ira Rosenwaike
Our Past Revisited: Ashland Township, Lowman and Wellsburg: Photos 1883-1982
Reforming family: The Hunts and McClintocks of Waterloo, New York
Erie Canal Days, a Pictorial Essay (Albany to Buffalo)
We’ve also just added the Eric Lindsay Memorial Postcard Collection of local images. This collection was made possible by the Friends of the CCLD. It is upstairs in ready reference. Ask for it at the desk. Here are some postcard images from that collection