Fact Checking Internet

With the internet it is possible for a lie to get all the way around the world several times before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.   

So how do you find the truth online?
How do you check the facts?

Here are a couple of websites that can help you sort fact from fiction and outright lies:

For sorting through urban legends and dubious emails there is no better website than: snopes.com
This site is dedicated to stomping out “eRumors” that show up in your email: truthorfiction.com
This site was made famous in the last presidential election.  To sort through all the political information out there the Annenberg Foundation set-up factcheck.org
Speaking of politics, if you prefer your facts with a specific political slant you might want to consider one of these two websites:
mediaresearch.org  Fact checking with a conservative slant
mediamatters.org  Fact checking with a liberal slant
Since most of these sites cater to adult audiences you might want to consider this website as a resource for students:  http://lii.org/

PRACTICE ACTIVITY:   Try checking out a fact sometime today using one of these sites.  All of these sites are full of interesting information.


TO KEEP ON LEARNING:  If you'd like to learn more about websites you can trust for accurate information try searching for:

Website credibility
Evaluating internet sources