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Six Steps to Historical Literacy

A guide to assessing historical information on the World Wide Web. A free resource from the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest.


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About this resource

Fake News, false stories, misinformation, propaganda—it’s an important time to reinforce critical thinking skills and remind students and citizens not to accept information at face value.

This includes historical information. Today citizens learn much of their historical information from digital and visual media. Citizens should be able to ask smart historical questions, understand historical context, and recognize when a historical fact is being misrepresented or distorted.

Villanova University’s Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest has created a resource called, “6 Steps To Historical Literacy.” When readers find historical information, a historical statement, or a reference to historical fact in any online media, we encourage them to ask themselves these questions above and think critically about the information they encounter.

Issued on the occasion of Media Literacy Week 2017, this resource is being made available as a free download for all educators, students and citizens. 

For questions, more resources, or to engage us in conversation around media and historical literacy, please contact


The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest
St. Augustine Center, Room 410
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085

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