Answered By: ESC Sara
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2023     Views: 79

We are constantly being bombarded with information – on the Web, on TV, in books, and in conversation. Unfortunately, a lot of it is misinformation.

Fortunately the Web makes it possible to fact check on the fly. Here are some resources.
  • Consumer Reports – objective product information and reviews (requires university login)
  • DeviceWatch – debunks phony products and gadgets
  • – fact checking for the news from the Annenberg Public Policy Center
  • - for email and social media hoaxes and rumors; also provides informative materials to raise people's awareness about privacy, security, etc. in the information age 
  • – from the Discovery Channel TV show that debunks urban legends, old wives’ tales, and movie physics, among other things
  • - from the Center for Responsive Politics; tracks the money in politics 
  • PolitiFact – the least partisan fact-checking source for politics and what politicians say
  • QuackWatch – maintained by an actual medical doctor with current, valid credentials; debunks false and alternative medicine claims
  • Science Literacy Project: Fact Checking Essentials - it won't give you the answer to whether a specific claim is true or false, but it does explain how to do scientific fact checking for yourself, and there is a great list of resources.
  • Skeptic’s Dictionary – debunks pseudoscience and the paranormal
  • – debunks virus warnings, chain letters, hoaxes, scams, urban legends
  • SourceWatch – crowd-sourced tracing of information to its original intellectual and financial sources, from the Center for Media and Democracy
  • - for email forwards and social media rumors

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