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|What?||This guide contains an easy set of steps and a tool kit for verifying online sources. Each skill section contains a video and supporting materials to master that skill. There are no checklists or acronyms. Just authentic skills for real people. This is based on research that comes out of Stanford University (see below).|
(After a while, you'll do it all the time, FYI.)
|Why?||So you can invest your time on stories, information, and facts that are true and valid, and prevent you from being fooled. The Internet contains information from myriad sources. Many are credible and contain information that has already been verified by the author/editor of the source/organization. On the other hand, there are many websites specifically produced to spread false information containing unverified, therefore not credible information. Some of those fake sites look quite legit, and this guide will help you discern fact from fiction.|
There are certain documents that you don't have to verify. Books and some magazines have already been vetted. Journal articles you find on a database also do not have to be verified. They have already been verified by an editor and peers in the field. You must become a fact checker when dealing with the Internet.
Citation in MLA-8
Wineburg, Sam, and Sarah McGrew. Lateral Reading: Reading Less and Learning More When Evaluating Digital Information. Stanford University, 2017, pp. 1–56.