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Evaluating Resources

Find what others say about a website. 

  • In Google search for "[WEBSITE URL] site: -[WEBSITE URL].
    • Examples:
      • newyorktimes.com site: -newyorktimes.com
      • minimumwage.com site: -minimumwage.com
  • The results will be from other websites. While some may have some relationship to the original domain, other sites can give insight into what others say about that site. 

Learn more about "web searching a domain" from Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers.
 

  • Check a Twitter account. 
    • Some Twitter accounts claim to be something they are not. To check the validity of a Twitter account:
    • Right-click on the Twitter handle (Twitter name) and select "Search Google for 'ACCOUNT NAME.'
    • On the Google results page select the "News" filter (top of the page). What do the results tell you about the Twitter account?

Learn more from this post by Mike Caulfield.
 

  • Check the origins of an image. If you find an image on a web page or a social media site like Twitter and are unsure of its authenticity, you can check its origins with a reverse image search. In the Chrome browser right-click on the image and select Search Google for image. The image search results will show you other places where the image has appeared. Examine these results to see if there are any discussions about the trustworthiness or origins of the image.

Learn more from Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers.

 

 Evaluating Online Sources: A Toolkit Source: Rowan University CC-BY-NC-SA