Media Misrepresentation of Academic Literature and Barriers to Verify Sources for Those Outside of Higher Education: An Example from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Memo Cordova, Amber Sherman


Academic librarians teach students to research using academic databases and peer-reviewed articles. Information literacy skills combat misinformation in a student’s academic career and beyond the classroom. However, once students leave campus and cross the border from student life to working life, they may not have access to peer-reviewed literature. Using a popular segment of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver about scientific studies, this article presents the importance of, and barriers to, students’ continued access to peer-reviewed research. How librarians might mitigate these obstacles are discussed.


Information literacy, lifelong learning, lifelong access, open access

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