Vetting Spurious Websites Presented by: Frank Westcott
Spurious vs. Inappropriate Spurious: “intended to deceive”; “plausible but false”; “a false piece made to deceive”
Title Page www.whitehouse.gov
Title Page www.whitehouse.com
Title Page www.whitehouse.org
Stealth Sites Spurious Web Addresses (URLs)
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Minimal knowledge of HTML required.
Anyone with a credit card and an opinion can create a site quickly and easily.
Just because it’s on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s true or accurate.
Tip #1 – Look at the page!
Does the page list an author?
Date created? Modified? Updated?
Any “out of place” words/pictures?
Google martin luther king
Martin Luther King - Google
Tip #2 - Analyze the URL http://www.harvard.edu/~fwestcott/historyfacts.html http://www.harvard.edu Reputable site Questionable sites http://www.harvard.edu/%fwestcott/historyfacts.html http://www.harvard.edu/users/fwestcott/historyfacts.html /historydepartment /facts.html
Civil war facts
Text Civil War
TIP #3 – View the HTML Source
HTML Meta Keywords
<head> <title>Martin Luther King Jr. - A True Historical Examination</title> <META NAME="KEYWORDS" CONTENT="Martin Luther King Jr, Civil Rights, Black History, Slavery, Reparations, Kwanzaa, Anti-Defamation League, ADL, , anti-Semitism, racism, bigotry, hatred, prejudice, bias, Holocaust, Israel, democracy, terrorism, militia, Jews, Jewish, diversity, anti-Semitic incident, racist, discrimination, Holocaust denial, neo-Nazi, Nazi, Nazis, tolerance, civil rights, Black, extremism, extremist, hate crimes, skinheads, Middle East, Islamic Extremist, education, White supremacy, minority, bias, religious freedom, tolerance, religious right, Martin Luther King Jr., free speech, MLK, school prayer, religion, justice"> <META NAME="DESCRIPTION" CONTENT="The truth about Martin Luther King: Includes historical trivia, articles and pictures. A valuable resource for teachers and students alike."> </head>
Tip #4 - Who Maintains the Site?
How do you find out the owner of a site if it isn’t listed on the homepage?
View the WHOIS listing.
WHO IS www.martinlutherking.org 9792
Verify whois hn8yp
Google link:martinlutherking.org TIP #5 – Find out who links to the site
Other Spurious Websites
GATT or WTO
FAFSA.GOV or FAFSA.COM
US Draft Registration
Mouse over links
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