There is a vast amount of information available on the Internet. However, the Internet is not regulated by any editorial agency, so anyone can post information that may not be reliable. Therefore, it is important to evaluate the information before using it as a reliable source. The following are some sites that provide tips to help you determine if the information is factual.
- FactChecker.org: Nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Read More.
- Poynter Institute-Fact Checking Resources: Nonprofit school for journalists and a publisher of original journalism. Since 1975, Poynter has hosted seminars on news media ethics, written about ethical controversies and provided news organizations with advice on ethical decision-making. Five core values guide our work: accuracy, independence, collaboration, fairness and transparency. Read More.
- Snopes.com: When misinformation obscures the truth and readers don’t know what to trust, Snopes.com’s fact checking and original, investigative reporting lights the way to evidence-based and contextualized analysis. We always document our sources so readers are empowered to do independent research and make up their own minds. Read More.