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Evaluating Online Information

Tracing Claims

It's important to find the original source that made a claim so that you can evaluate its trustworthiness. Look at how the information you want to review is framed. Is it "reporting on reporting?" This means that the article is simply referencing what has already been written by someone else, and a cue for you to track down the original story.

You should always try to find an article where the person writing the article is the same person who fact-checked the information in it. The more people who have handled a story, the more likely it is that something got missed or changed. 

Advanced Strategies: What if Claims or Sources aren't Linked?


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