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Source Evaluation

How do you ensure the information you find on the Internet is reliable and reputable?

FACT-CHECKING SITES: – While not a fact-checking site, AllSides curates stories from right, center and left-leaning media so that readers can easily compare how bias influences reporting on each topic so you can quickly get the full picture, not just one slant.

Fact Checking for Teens – This nonpartisan, nonprofit project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by U.S. political players, including politicians, TV ads, debates, interviews and news releases.

Fact check images with Google – How do you know if an online image is real or not? This video from Common Sense Education provides useful guidance on using reverse image search on Google. 

Media Matters - This nonprofit and self-described liberal-leaning research center monitors and corrects conservative misinformation in the media.

NewsBusters – A project of the conservative Media Research Center, NewsBusters is focused on “documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias.”

Open Secrets - This nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit website run by the Center for Responsive Politics tracks how much and where candidates get their money. –  This Pulitzer Prize winning website rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials. Run by editors and reporters from the independent newspaper Tampa Bay Times, Politicfact features the Truth-O-Meter that rates statements as “True,” “Mostly True,” “Half True,” “False,” and “Pants on Fire.”

ProPublica –  This independent, nonprofit newsroom has won several Pulitzer Prizes, including the 2016 Prize for Explanatory Reporting. ProPublica produces investigative journalism in the public interest. –  This independent, nonpartisan website run by professional researcher and writer David Mikkelson researches urban legends and other rumors. It is often the first to set the facts straight on wild fake news claims.Endorsed and used by the American Library Association and the International Society for Technology in Education. – Hoax-Slayer is dedicated to debunking email hoaxes, thwarting Internet scammers, combating spam, and educating web users about email and Internet security issues. Hoax-Slayer allows Internet users to check the veracity of common email hoaxes and aims to counteract criminal activity by publishing information about common types of Internet scams. Hoax-Slayer also includes anti-spam tips, computer and email security information, articles about true email forwards, and much more. is your Email Reality Check. Get the truth about rumors, inspirational stories, virus warnings, hoaxes, scams, humorous tales, pleas for help, urban legends, prayer requests, calls to action, and other forwarded emails. So basically it covers almost every hoax that lands in your Email Inbox. Even if you are Internet savvy, sometimes, these rumors can sound authentic. If you forward such emails to your friends, you are not only exposing them to the danger of going on some untrusted website but also are wasting bandwidth and server resources. covers a huge array of topics, so you can rest assured that you would get answers to weirdest rumors.


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From the American Library Associationwebsite checklist


check your own bias. 

make sure you’re not creating an echo chamber online. 

avoid clickbait.