Is this website a hoax?


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Is this website a hoax?

  1. 1. Is This Website a Hoax? How to be a critical user of the Internet
  2. 2. The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Internet Searching
  3. 3.  Who created the page? • • • • Is there an “about us” section? Do they list credentials? Is there contact information? Who is the intended audience?
  4. 4.  What information are you getting? • • • • Are there multiple points of view represented? Does the author use opinion words such as always, never, best, greatest…? What is the tone: Is it serious? Can the information be verified through other sources?
  5. 5.  When was the article • Is it current? posted? • Has it been updated recently?
  6. 6.  Where is the webpage located? • • Look at the URL. Is this a personal page or site? What is the domain? (.com, .org, .net, .edu., .gov?)
  7. 7. Here are three guiding questions that can help with finding out where the website is located: Do you recognize the domain name? 2. What is the extension in the domain name? 3. Are you on a personal page? 1. What does the URL tell us?
  8. 8.  The domain name is found after the http:// and www. to the first forward slash /. For example in the URL, is the domain name.  A domain name can sometimes provide clues about the quality of information of a site or tell you what a site is about. #1. Do you recognize the domain name?
  9. 9. For example: .com and .net are examples of extensions. Extensions are an important part of domain names. Do you know what these stand for? .edu .k12 .gov .com .org .net .mil   Which ones do you think are most reliable? #2. What is the extension in the domain name?
  10. 10.  You may or may not recognize the domain name or extension of a URL. Keep reading past the first forward slash / for more clues. If you are on a personal page the information you are reading may or may not be trustworthy.  The presence of a name in the URL such as jdoe and a tilde ~ or % or the word users, people, or members frequently means you are on a personal website. #3. Are you on a personal page?
  11. 11. And finally… Why would I use this site as a source of information? • • Can I verify this information? Why was this site published? Was it to entertain, to inform, to explain, to persuade, to sell, or some combination of these things?
  12. 12. Scan your webpage and ask yourself:  Does the overall design look professional?  Are there any spelling mistakes or other writing errors?  Are the links credible or broken?  Are there any advertisements? Look for Quality
  13. 13. Look at the images and ask yourself the following questions:  Who created the images? Has credit been given?  Do they look like they have been changed?  Could the scene in the photo really have happened? Look at the Images
  14. 14. Check out these sites. Are any of them real or are they a hoax? Examples:   at/cat.html     Is This a Hoax?