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Controversial Topics / Current Events

Why - or why not - use websites

Why? Very current, many different perspectives & opinions, very specific topic coverage, easy and cheap to find information. 
Why not? Internet information may - or may not - be reliable, authoritative.  Hard to tell who or why someone writes about a topic. Information online may be changed frequently (e.g. Wikipedia). 

Evaluating websites

When dealing with controversial issues, you must carefully evaluate the reliability of each website.  Examine the credentials and mission of the author of the site, whether it is an individual or an organization, to understand if and, more commonly, how the information is biased.  With this knowledge, you may still choose to use information, even from a website representing a specific side of an issue.

Finding and evaluating websites provides more details and helpful tips on how to search and how to evaluate your results.

Need more help with an Internet search? Ask the Library: in person, by phone or by e-mail.

How To Spot Fake News

This guide was developed by the International Federation of Library Associations


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