In our current environment, it has become increasingly more important to learn how to sort through the information you find online, and develop efficient strategies for determining if claims are problematic or if they are valid.
The goal of this guide is to provide you with methods for evaluating online sources, including how to analyze the reliability and trustworthiness of sources and claims. This guide is mostly focused on non-academic sources (the ones you are most likely to find via web searches and social media), though there are some tips for evaluating academic sources found on the web, as well.
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STOP before you read the article
INVESTIGATE the source
FIND trusted coverage of the topic
TRACE claims to their original context.
Practicing these habits can help you avoid common pitfalls like confirmation bias (only looking at information that aligns with your existing viewpoint) and relying on the source itself to evaluate its trustworthiness.
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