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March 24th, 2014

So, you want to write a historical/sci-fi/medical/crime (delete as appropriate) novel. And you want it to be as authentic as possible, which means getting the little details right. You need to know what kinds of clothes are worn, what terminology is used, what procedures are used and so on. Or you are writing an article and you need to gather facts, accurate facts, to flesh it out. Where do you go to find those facts?

Now, I’m sure most of you will say the internet. But, the internet is a funny old place. Whilst it’s a wonderful resource for information, it’s also a great source if disinformation too. So, how do you know that what you are reading can be trusted? Well, in all honesty you can’t, but you can carry out some checks that will help you decide if you want to trust the source. And, that is something we can help you with. Have a read of this article, Evaluating Web Pages:Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask, which has details about evaluating the quality of information, the reliability of the author and how to spot old information. And Evaluating Information Found on the Internet is another great resource you can use to help you. It also includes sections on Distinguishing Propaganda and Misinformation and a handy section on Evaluating Social Media.

There you go, two really useful websites that could stop you making grave errors with your facts. Use the process and let me know if you think it works. And if you have any hints or tips on evaluating information on the web, let me know.

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