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How to Check Reliability of Information on the Internet

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The internet is a great place to find information. Everyone has a say in what is going on. There is an opinion for everything and others claim their information is based in pure fact. The truth is, you can't tell one from another unless you check the reliability of the information that you are looking at. There are many ways you can check to make sure the information is correct. The information isn't any good to you unless it is reliable.

Here are some ways to check the reliability of information on the internet:

• Check against other internet sources: Go to several websites that are about the same subject. Check for differences in the information. This is one of the best ways to check for reliability of the information you find on the internet.

• Check outside sources: Don't rely completely on the internet. Go to the library to find out information and check it against what is on the internet. This will give you a better idea of what is accurate and what is not. You can also go straight to the source if that is at all possible.

• Look for reliable sites: The best way to ensure that you have accurate information on the internet is to look for sites that are known to be reliable. For instance, it is better to go to the NASA official site to find information on astronauts than it is to look in Wikipedia. NASA knows everything there is to know about astronauts, so why wouldn't you rely on them for the information.

• Common sense: Use your common sense to figure out if something is reliable or not. If you have a feeling something isn't right or you have heard something different, there is a good chance that the information isn't reliable that you found on the internet site. Give yourself credit where credit is due and use the sense that you were given to make wise choices in the information that you use.

• Personal knowledge: Use your personal knowledge of a subject to distinguish between the reliable and unreliable information. You know more than you think. If you are working on a subject that you know fairly well, you will know if the information on the website you are looking at is accurate. You may not know every subject you are looking up, but you know much more than you think. Again, give yourself credit where credit is due.

Checking for the reliability of information online isn't too difficult. It doesn't take that much time to do it either. It is important to know that the information you may be passing on to others is factual. You want to appear to be knowledgeable about what you are talking about. If you use information that isn't reliable you will appear to be unreliable as well. Get your facts straight!


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