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You have a right to explore the internet but remember that you cannot trust everything that you see or read on the internet.

Could this be you?

There are several case studies of this, one of the main examples is of a student doing an assignment on Barak Obama. They search the internet and find a site that seems suitable - they start to read the website and it gave some interesting facts, but later down the page it started to develop a racial tone. The website started off out-lining facts, but some clever websites mix up fact and fiction enabling them to give out a mixture of truth and lies and if information is not checked for accuracy this can sometimes be repeated as fact!

The internet is a fantastic place to find out new information and interesting facts, many of which could help with your studies. The number of web-pages increases daily and you too could have your own website up and running within minutes. The majority of websites that you will visit will contain correct and factual information.

Check the authority of a website:

  • Check to see when it was last updated
  • Check to see if authorship details are available
  • Check the URL to see if it is a .gov (government), .edu or .ac (academic) website
  • Check the links to the website by going to a search engine such as google and typing www.mysite.com to see who is linking to a site
  • Check to see who the site is owned by. A service such as www.whois.net has a nice utility that does this
  • Remember just because a website says it's the truth, it doesn't mean it is. If in doubt check it out.

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