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FYS 100-02: Arnold - Exploring the Relationship Between People and Animals: Reliable Source? Propaganda?


How do we read/think on the Internet?

  • Do you read all the text on the page?
  • How do you use pictures to help you read?
  • What do you look for on the home page of a website?
  • How do you choose which links to click?

Strategies for Determining Credibility

Propaganda Everywhere!

Checking for hoaxes

While it is very good practice to learn to use your critical skills to evaluate web sources yourself, there are several websites that also check facts and chase hoaxes. here's a list (you probably are familiar with a couple of them already).

Now it's your turn...

Let's evaluate. Are any of these hoaxes? How about credibility? Which would you trust? 

Questions to ask:

  • What is this resource? A blog? News site? Student's project? Dissertation?
  • Who is the creator, and why is he/she an expert? How can you tell?
  • Does this resource cite their facts?
  • What is the purpose of this resource? Inform, persuade, confuse?
  • Is this resource biased?