"I was born to turn my mind over to the Internet"
                                    -Dell Commercial



GENERAL CRITICAL THINKING RESOURCES | INTERNET EVALUATION | FRAUD HOAX DETECTION/PROTECTION


INTERNET EVALUATION

Evaluating Internet information - John's Hopkins (http://www.library.jhu.edu/researchhelp/general/evaluating/index.html)
Evaluation of Information Sources [WWW Virtual Library bibliography] (http://www.vuw.ac.nz/~agsmith/evaln/evaln.htm)
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Web Evaluation: Examples (http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalexpl.html)
HSU :: Information Technology Services :: Information Security (http://www.humboldt.edu/~its/techguides/security/security.shtml)
ICYouSee Guide to Critical Thinking About What You See on the Web (http://www.ithaca.edu/library/training/think.html)
Snopes Urban Legends Reference Pages (http://www.snopes2.com/)
Thinking Critically about Discipline-Based WWW Resources -UCLA (http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/college/help/critical/discipline.htm)
Truth, lies, and the Internet (http://news.com.com/2100-1023-204156.html)
TruthOrFiction.com (http://www.truthorfiction.com/)
Virtual Chase: Evaluating the Quality of Information on the Internet (http://virtualchase.com/quality/)
Virtual Salt: Evaluating Internet Resources (http://virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htm)
Ways to Verify Who is Behind A Web Page
*Better WHOIS (http://www.betterwhois.com/)
Search for a domain name across all registrars, including new registrars. Links to all active and pending registrars and allows users to receive detailed domain reports via e-mail.
*Domain Tools (http://www.domaintools.com/)
ICANN List of Accredited Doman Registrars (http://www.icann.org/registrars/accredited-list.html)
Netsolutions Whois (http://www.netsol.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois)
SamSpade (http://samspade.org/)
Wayback Machine Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org/)
Widener Library Web Evaluation Checklists
Advocay Web Page (http://www3.widener.edu/Academics/Libraries/Wolfgram_Memorial_Library/Evaluate_Web_Pages/Checklist_for_an_Advocacy_Web_Page/5717/)
Business/Marketing Web Page (http://www3.widener.edu/Academics/Libraries/Wolfgram_Memorial_Library/Evaluate_Web_Pages/Checklist_for_an_Information_Web_Page/5718/)
Informational Web Page(http://www3.widener.edu/Academics/Libraries/Wolfgram_Memorial_Library/Evaluate_Web_Pages/Checklist_for_an_Information_Web_Page/5720/)
News Web Page (http://www3.widener.edu/Academics/Libraries/Wolfgram_Memorial_Library/Evaluate_Web_Pages/Checklist_for_a_News_Web_Page/5719/)
Personal Web Page (http://www3.widener.edu/Academics/Libraries/Wolfgram_Memorial_Library/Evaluate_Web_Pages/Checklist_for_a_Personal_Web_Page/5721/)

FRAUD  & HOAX DETECTION/PROTECTION

Better Business Bureau OnLine (http://bbbonline.org/)
Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (http://www.csicop.org/resources/)
FDA: How to Spot Health Fraud (http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/1999/699_fraud.html)
Federal Trade Commision Consumer Protection (http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/consumer.shtm)
Fraud & Quackery: Internet Resources: The Alternative Medicine Homepage (http://www.pitt.edu/~cbw/fraud.html)
Internet Crime and Complaint Center (http://www.ic3.gov/)
The Internet Crime and Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.
Securities & Exchange Commission:  Internet Fraud: How to Avoid Internet Investment Scams (http://www.sec.gov/investor/pubs/cyberfraud.htm)
Internet Fraud Watch (National Consumer's Federation) (http://www.fraud.org/internet/intinfo.htm)
Internet ScamBusters (http://www.scambusters.org/)
A free monthly e-zine. The site includes a "Scam Check Station" and a place to archive any problems you have encountered with scams.
Museum of Hoaxes (http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/)
National Council Against Health Fraud (http://www.ncahf.org/)
National Internet Fraud Watch (http://www.fraud.org/)
National Library of Medicine: MEDLINEplus: Health Fraud (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/healthfraud.html)
Obscure Store (http://obscurestore.com/)
A weblog which attempts to verify and document "stranger-than-fiction" news reports.
Quackwatch Home Page(http://www.quackwatch.com/)
Stop Badware (http://www.stopbadware.org)
Truth or Fiction (http://www.truthorfiction.com/search.htm)
URL Decoders: JohnGaughan.net (http://www.johngaughan.net/toys/urldecode.php) and net.demon software (http://www.netdemon.net/decode.html)
Vmyths.com- Truth About Computer Virus Myths & Hoaxes (http://www.vmyths.com/)

GENERAL CRITICAL THINKING RESOURCES

Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum --Longview Community College (http://mcckc.edu/longview/ctac/)
Contains examples of fallacies of reason, detailed examples of how to establish the truth of a premise, how graphs and visual aids can be used to hide the truth, etc.
Critical Thinking - CSU Chico (http://www.csuchico.edu/phil/ct/ct_assess.htm)
Critical Thinking and Information Literacy Across the Curriculum (http://www.bcc.ctc.edu/lmc/ilac)
Dan Kurland's Criticalreading.com -- Strategies for Critical Reading and Writing (http://www.criticalreading.com/)
Media Literacy Review (http://interact.uoregon.edu/MediaLit/mlr/home/index.html)
Mission: Critical--San Jose State University (http://www.sjsu.edu/depts/itl/graphics/main.html)
Censorship
Index on Censorship (http://www.indexoncensorship.org/)
Media Reform Information Center (http://www.corporations.org/media/)
Source for information on media ownership and media reform.
National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) Home Page (http://www.ncac.org/)
ProjectCensored (http://www.projectcensored.org/)
Using Primary Sources on the Web (http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/History/RUSA/)
Who Owns What (Columbia Journalism Review) by Aaron Moore (http://www.cjr.org/owners/)
Disinformation/Fact Checking
Accuracy in Media (http://www.aim.org/)
Annenberg Classroom Fact Check (http://www.factchecked.org/)
Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit (http://www.xenu.net/archive/baloney_detection.html)
Disinformation (http://www.disinfo.com)
Click on the Archive link in the right hand column.
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting: The National Media Watch Group (http://www.fair.org/)
Operation Clambake-The Fight Against the Church of Scientology on the Net (http://www.xenu.net/)
Politifact.com (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/)
TruthOrFiction.com (http://www.truthorfiction.com/)
Using Primary Sources on the Web (http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/History/RUSA/)
Media Evaluation
Center for Media and Public Affairs (http://www.cmpa.com/)
CIOS/McLuhan Website Project (http://www.cios.org/encyclopedia/mcluhan/index.html)
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting: The National Media Watch Group (http://www.fair.org/)
Media Literacy Review (http://interact.uoregon.edu/MediaLit/mlr/home/index.html)
Media News (http://www.medianews.org)
A weblog for and by journalists which critiques media organizations.
Media Reform Information Center (http://www.corporations.org/media/)
Source for information on media ownership and media reform.
Media Watch: Media Literacy Through Education & Action (http://www.mediawatch.com/)
NewsWatch: A Consumer's Guide to the News (http://www.newswatch.org)
PR Watch (http://www.prwatch.org/)
Investigates misleading and manipulative uses of public relations.
Project for Excellence in Journalism (http://www.journalism.org/)
Logical Fallacies
Brian Yoder's Fallacy Zoo (http://www.goodart.org/fallazoo.htm)
Critical Thinking vs Specious Arguments (http://www.laetusinpraesens.org/links/webcrit.php)
Reasoning Page (http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~janzb/reasoning/)
Stephen's Guide to Logical Fallacies (http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/)
Propaganda
Propaganda Critic (http://www.propagandacritic.com/articles/index.html)
Statistics & Methodology
Sample Size Calculator (http://www.surveysystem.com/sscalc.htm)
Sixty Methodological Potholes-Ohio State University (http://dactyl.som.ohio-state.edu/Music829C/methodological.potholes.html)
Statistical Assessment Service (STATS) (http://www.stats.org/)
"STATS mission is to examine how numbers and statistics are distorted and misunderstood in the media and society. "
Statistics Every Writer Should Know (http://nilesonline.com/stats)
Using Statistics (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_stats.html)

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Last updated: February 4, 2008