The internet is a great way to create, access and share information. The problem with this is anyone can create and share content on the internet. If you plan on using information found on a website or social media, you must evaluate that resource. This is particularly true if you plan to cite this information in a paper or if you plan on passing this information along to others.
Source- What do you know/ what can you find out about the author or publisher?
Currency- Think about the topic: does it change rapidly?
Facts- Is the information in this resource true?
Purpose- Why was this resource created?
Bias- Do you or the publisher hold bias on the subject?
How do you evaluate the trustworthiness of a news source if it the journalist's source has requested to remain anonymous?
We can't verify the facts that have been published so we need to evaluate the author and news organization.
The following links can help you to verify facts or claims.
What about pictures? A Google Reverse image search can help you identify the source of an image or other locations where the image is used.
Advertising is not always easy to identify. Native advertising, for example, is disguised to match the platform it is on. It may show up as a post on social media, appear as an article on a news site or a search result in google.
The following websites can help you evaluate the bias of a particular news outlet.
Do you understand all sides of an argument? There are several databases that provide overviews of controversial or debatable topics.