Please read Getting the most out of Wikipedia before deciding to use Wikipedia. Click HERE to access the article.
This document looks at the history of the wikipedia page for Sally Yates, former US Attorney General under the Obama Administration and former acting Attorney General under the Trump administration.
The images work chronologically backward over a period of roughly five hours.
Evaluating websites checklist click HERE
Learn the net: this site provides information on topics such as Internet basics and email etiquette, and web searching with a free Internet tutorial.
Take part in the Spider's Apprentice, a helpful guide to understand who to use web search engines: tips on using Internet search sites like Googe, alltheweb and Yahoo.
Try a different search engine today:
Click HERE to access the Library's recommended search engines.
- Yandex Search: One of the largest search engine in the world founded in 1997. Ability to run searches on webpages, images, videos, maps and more. Searches can be run in a variety of languages.
Made-up news is not new, but it now spreads quickly through social media and the Internet. Readers remain the first line of defense against the dissemination of these bogus reports. Discover the verifiability of a given news-piece in front of you.
- Consider the source
- Read beyond the headline: If a provocative headline drew your attention, read a little further before you decide to pass along the shocking information.
- Check the author: Another tell-tale sign of a fake story is often the byline.
- Supporting sources? Many times these bogus stories will cite official — or official-sounding — sources, but once you look into it, the source doesn’t back up the claim.
- Check the date: Some false stories aren’t completely fake, but rather distortions of real events.
- Is it a joke? Remember, there is such thing as satire.
- Check your biases: Confirmation bias leads people to put more stock in information that confirms their beliefs and discount information that does not.
- Ask the experts: see section 'Fact-Checking Sites'
Read the full article from FactCheck.org’s 2016 article How to Spot Fake News HERE or watch the video guide below.
Reviewed websites, apps and digital media compiled by school librarians around the UK. (Information taken from The School Librarian)
- About: the human internet
- Alcove 9: list of great pages assembled by the Library of Congress
- Beaucoup: 2000+ search engines
- Country based search engines (defunct)
- Librarian's index to the Internet: list of good websites assembled by a group of American universities
- SearchSystem.net: search public records for free
- Teoma: search with authority
- The WWW virtual library: oldest catalog of the web
- Yahoo directory (defunct 2014)
- Best of the Web Directory: lists websites categorized by topic and region
- Jasmine Directory: one of the oldest Internet directories
- DMOZ (a.ka. Open Directory Project): largest directory of the Web
- Sources: general subject web portal for journalists, freelance writers, editors and researchers; in addition to a search engine it includes a subject-based directory
- Hotfrog: one of the largest collection of business directories
- Archives Hub:Find the best of what Britain has to offer in the Archives Hub. You’ll be able to search archives from almost 200 institutions from England, Scotland, and Wales.
The amount of misinformation that is spread on the web is staggering. It is spread mainly via websites, social networks, and email. Hot topics for such misinformation are politics, government policies, religion and various scams and hoaxes.
Some websites have taken up the task of spreading awareness against rumors by presenting evidence and hard facts. Here are a few:
- FactCheck.org: a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters with the aim to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.
- Snopes.com: the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation. Usually the first site to report the facts.
- The Washington Post Fact Checker: very clear left-center bias, and this is reflected in their fact checks. Their checks are excellent and sourced; however their bias is reflected in the fact that they fact check right wing claims more than left. Other than that, it is a good resource.
- PolitiFact.com: fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials who speak up in American politics. It is the best source for political fact checking, and it won the Pulitzer Prize.
- Open Secrets: nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, also tracking lobbying groups and whom they are funding.
- Poynter Institute: The Poynter Institute is not a true fact checking service. They are however a leader in distinguished journalism and produce nothing but credible and evidence based content. If Poynter reports it, you can count on it being true.
Wikipedia on Twitter, watch the clip HERE.
Click HERE for a list of known fake news websites.
- Business.com: integrated directory of knowledge resources and companies (operates a pay per click search engine)
- Dexigner: leading online portal for designers, includes a directory section
- Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web: international database of online exhibitions which is a service of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries
- Virtual Library museums pages: directory of museum websites around the world
- The Environment Directory: lists links to environmental sites only
- Pandia powersearch:Offers a selection of specialized search engines, arranged by topic, so it is a good starting point for the hunt of specialized search engines