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Evaluating Internet Resources There's lots of good information on the Internet, but you will also find opinions, misconceptions, and inaccurate information. How do you judge the quality of Internet resources? Do you believe everything you read? How gullible are you? There are people who believe that we never walked on the moon and that the Holocaust never happened, so be careful when you read a web page. The truth is out there, but so is the lie. Look for what Wikipedia calls the " verifiability " of information. You should be able to check the material you find against other reliable sources . Content that is likely to be challenged should contain multiple sources of evidence that have been carefully cited. Misleading Websites Some websites were designed to be intentionally misleading. These websites may be parodies, satire, hoaxes, or designed to show students the importance of questioning information found on the web. Use the following websites to explore the issue of Internet content. Some are real and some are fake or silly. How will you teach students to question EVERYTHING they read? Select one to use as an example. Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie Facts About from Idiotica Should we ban dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO)? Mankato Minnesota Home Page , New Hartford Backup Mankato Site , Another Backup Burmese Mountain Dog Museum of Hoaxes California's Velcro Crop under Challenge (1993) Did the Holocaust happen? Physics and Star Trek The Faked Apollo Landings Fake news has become a popular form of satire. Read about News satire at wikipedia. Here are three popular examples: The Onion The Daily Show from Comedy Central Colbert Report from Comedy Central Criteria for Evaluation Students need to learn to evaluate the quality of information they find on the web as well as other information resources such as books, magazines, CD-ROM, and television. Ask students to be skeptical of everything they find. Encourage them to compare and contrast different information resources. Consider the following ideas:
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2010 for the course BISM 2100 taught by Professor Rhea during the Fall '08 term at Kennesaw.

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