Choosing the Best Websites to Support Your Argument

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In the bombardment of information resources to choose from on the Internet, how can you distinguish the credible and reliable sources from the hacks and the frauds?
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It's hard to recognize misinformation among the digital manipulations of photos and documents, the skewed numbers in misleading graphs, and the fake "experts" who serve propaganda rather than accurate information.
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So how do you know to trust an information source? By the title or currency of the article, from the reputation of the author, because of the website's affiliation to a school or academic organization?
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Don't be fooled by the fakers. You can distinguish genuine information from the counterfeit through critical thinking and by carefully evaluating key factors of credibility, accuracy, and reliability.
 

About this Assignment

Identifying, analyzing, and utilizing the Internet for research is an academic skill needed now and for the rest of your life.

In this assignment, you will identify and make a preliminary analysis of Internet sources that support and oppose controversial arguments. You will then be introduced to analysis tools that will enable you to re-evaluate your sources in order to identify those that are most credible, accurate, and consistently reliable. This process will prepare you to choose the websites that supply the most legitimate information for your side of an argument.