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Fake news quiz

Fake News Quiz: Factitious

Test your ability to detect fake news. 

From American University's Journalism Leadership Transformation program

Evaluating internet sources


Checking Out Online Sources of Health Information: Five Quick Questions

  1. Who runs or created the site or app? Can you trust them?
  2. What is the site or app promising or offering? Do its claims seem too good to be true?
  3. When was its information written or reviewed? Is it up-to-date?
  4. Where does the information come from? Is it based on scientific research?
  5. Why does the site or app exist? Is it selling something?

From https://nccih.nih.gov/health/webresources#hed2


Evaluating Internet Research Sources

by Robert Harris

Summary of The CARS Checklist for Research Source Evaluation

from "Evaluating Internet Research Sources" by Robert Harris
 

Credibility

trustworthy source, author’s credentials, evidence of quality control, known or respected authority, organizational support.

Goal: an authoritative source, a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it.

 

Accuracy

up to date, factual, detailed, exact, comprehensive, audience and purpose reflect intentions of completeness and accuracy.

Goal: a source that is correct today (not yesterday), a source that gives the whole truth.

 

Reasonableness

fair, balanced, objective, reasoned, no conflict of interest, absence of fallacies or slanted tone.

Goal: a source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably, concerned with the truth.

 

Support

listed sources, contact information, available corroboration, claims supported, documentation supplied.

Goal: a source that provides convincing evidence for the claims made, a source you can triangulate (find at least two other sources that support it)

 


For college assignments, ask yourself:  Is it academic?  (written and published by academics, cites sources)

Vermont topics

Health issues in the Vermont Legislature

Vermont news sources

Baloney Detection Kit: Dr. Michael Shermer

Activity

What is reliable, credible health information?

Compare these websites. What is the purpose of each website? Which are more credible?  What factors helped you decide?


http://www.allaboutlifechallenges.org/obesity-help.htm
Life Challenges:  Obesity

https://www.consumerfreedom.com/2014/07/study-lack-of-exercise-not-food-to-blame-for-obesity
Center for Consumer Freedom

http://www.cdc.gov/Obesity/
Overweight and Obesity from the CDC

http://www.worldobesity.org/
World Obesity