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Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers
Updated Resources for 2021
Why This Book?
Building a Fact-Checking Habit by Checking Your Emotions
How to Use Previous Work
Go Upstream to Find the Source
Identifying Sponsored Content
Activity: Spot Sponsored Content
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
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
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
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
Finding Old Newspaper Articles
Using the Facebook Live Map to Find Breaking Coverage
"Fact-Checking Sites" Image Descriptions
"How to Use Previous Work" Image Descriptions
"Go Upstream to Find the Source" Image Descriptions
How DigiPo Defines a "Fact"
If there is break
Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers by Michael A. Caulfield is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.