For the fallacy assignment, we will leave the safety and security of library databases for the wild web. You have learned about how to search for scholarly sources in library databases. Now you have the challenge of evaluating popular sources and websites. Here are a few questions to ask about the website you are examining for your assignment:
Although people disagree with how bias in these publications and news outlets are characterized, this illustration shows how both liberal and conservative viewpoints range from moderate to radical to irresponsible.
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You can use symbols or words in your search to make your search results more precise.
Google Search usually ignores punctuation that isn’t part of a search operator.
Don’t put spaces between the symbol or word and your search term. A search for site:nytimes.com will work, but site: nytimes.com won’t.
Search social media: Put @ in front of a word to search social media. For example: @twitter.
Search hashtags: Put # in front of a word. For example: #throwbackthursday
Exclude words from your search: Put - in front of a word you want to leave out. For example, jaguar speed -car
Search for an exact match: Put a word or phrase inside quotes. For example, "tallest building".
Search for wildcards or unknown words: Put a * in your word or phrase where you want to leave a placeholder. For example, "largest * in the world".
Search within a range of numbers: Put .. between two numbers. For example, camera $50..$100.
Combine searches: Put "OR" between each search query. For example, marathon OR race.
Search for a specific site: Put "site:" in front of a site or domain. For example, site:youtube.com or site:.gov.
Search for related sites: Put "related:" in front of a web address you already know. For example, related:time.com.
Get details about a site: Put "info:" in front of the site address.
See Google’s cached version of a site: Put "cache:" in front of the site address.
From Google, "How to refine web searches."
|Domain name||Who uses it|
|.com||business and commercial entities|
|.edu||academic institutions, universities and colleges|
|.gov||U.S. governmental agencies and entities|
|.mil||U. S. military|
As we've seen, you can read or hear almost anything. Check out information that seems intended to inflame on these websites.
FactCheck.org: This nonpartisan, nonprofit organization is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
The International Fact-Checking Network: (IFCN) is a forum for fact-checkers worldwide hosted by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. These organizations fact-check statements by public figures, major institutions and other widely circulated claims of interest to society.”
Politifact: “PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times . . .”
Snopes: “The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.”
Sunlight Foundation: “The Sunlight Foundation is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses technology, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all.”