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Evaluating Sources: FREE WEB LITERACY TEXTBOOK

Find out who is providing the content and why. Get information from different sources. Be skeptical.

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Table of Contents: WEB LITERACY FOR STUDENT FACT CHECKERS

Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers
Acknowledgements
Four Moves and a Habit
Why This Book?
Four Moves
Building a Fact-Checking Habit by Checking Your Emotions
Look for Previous Work
How to Use Previous Work
Fact-checking Sites
Wikipedia
Go Upstream
Go Upstream to Find the Source
Identifying Sponsored Content
Activity: Spot Sponsored Content
Understanding Syndication
Tracking the Source of Viral Content
Tracking the Source of Viral Photos
Using Google Reverse Image Search
Filtering by Time and Place to Find the Original
Activity: Trace Viral Photos Upstream
Read Laterally
What "Reading Laterally" Means
Evaluating a Website or Publication's Authority
Basic Techniques: Domain Searches, WHOIS
Activity: Evaluate a Site
Stupid Journal Tricks
Finding a Journal's Impact Factor
Using Google Scholar to Check Author Expertise
How to Think About Research
Finding High Quality Secondary Sources
Choosing Your Experts First
Evaluating News Sources
What Makes a Trustworthy News Source?
National Newspapers of Record
Activity: Expert or Crank?
Activity: Find Top Authorities for a Subject
Field Guide
Verifying Twitter Identity
Activity: Verify a Twitter Account
Using the Wayback Machine to Check for Page Changes
Finding Out When a Page Was Published Using Google
Using Google Books to Track Down Quotes
Understanding Astroturf
Searching TV Transcripts with the Internet Archive
Treating Google's "Snippets" With Suspicion
Using Buzzsumo To Find Highly Viral Stories
Finding Out Who Owns a Domain
Avoiding Confirmation Bias In Searches
Promoted Tweets
Finding Old Newspaper Articles
Using the Facebook Live Map to Find Breaking Coverage
Accessibility
Image Descriptions
"Fact-Checking Sites" Image Descriptions
"How to Use Previous Work" Image Descriptions
"Go Upstream to Find the Source" Image Descriptions
Appendix
How DigiPo Defines a "Fact"

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