IMPROVE YOUR SEARCH RESULTS:
Use Multiple Keywords!
1. Start with the obvious keyword(s) in your topic
2. Then try synonyms of your original keyword(s)
3. Finally, be aware of other keywords/terms found in your search results
Need help getting started?
Watch a video (below) & download a worksheet.
1. Consider the source.
Investigate the site, its mission, the contact info (CART the website!)
2. Check the author.
Do a search for the author, the editor, the sponsoring organization. Does she/he/it really exist?
3. Check the date.
Is there a copyright date on the page? When was the article actually published?
4. Check your own biases.
Does your opinion of the topic affect how you think about this information?
5. Read beyond.
Read more than just the headline - does the whole page make sense?
6. Supporting sources.
Are links provided and do they support the author's claim?
7. Is it a joke?
Could this information be satirical, intended as a joke?
8. Ask the experts.
Check with your teacher, librarian, or one of these fact-checking sites:
HOW CAN YOU TELL?
Ask yourself these questions: