Answered By: Sarah Morehouse
Last Updated: Aug 08, 2016     Views: 26

We are constantly being bombarded with information – on the web, on TV, in books, and in conversation. Unfortunately, a lot of it is misinformation. It’s not that most people intend to deceive us, but once they’ve picked up an error, they pass it along.

 
Fortunately the web makes it possible to fact-check on the fly. Here are some resources.
 
  • Consumer Reports – objective product information and reviews (requires college login)
  • DeviceWatch – debunks phony products and gadgets
  • FactCheck.org – fact-checking for the news from the Annenberg Public Policy Center
  • Hoax-Slayer.com - another good one 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. 
  • MythBusters.com – from the Discovery Channel TV show that debunks urban legends, old wives’ tales, and movie physics, among other things
  • OpenSecrets.org - 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 spurious and dangerous 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
  • Snopes.com – 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
  • TruthorFiction.com - another one like Snopes - good for email fowards and social media rumors.
 

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