Authoritative Informational Resources - Links for Additional Information

A recording of the webinar, "Authoritative Informational Resources in an Age of Social Media: Or, Does the Truth Matter Anymore?" is now available for viewing. Below are links to resources cited in the webinar, as well as additional resources for evaluating informational resources.

Social Media

"Twitter Hits 400 Million Tweets Per Day, Mostly Mobile,” CNET News June 6, 2012

"Is Facebook Lying About 900 Million Users?" Forbes June 13, 2012

"Frequently Asked Questions About YouTube"

"Dangers of Speed v. Accuracy,” Don Campbell, USA Today, April 24, 2012

Tsunamis on YouTube - "Storyful's validation process"

The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy” by David Streitfeld, New York Times, (Aug 25, 2012)

Concerning John Seigenthaler Controversy

Reuters Twitter Account Hacked, False Tweets About Syria Sent,”, August 5, 2012

Mexico Tweets Cause Massive Shootout Panic,” Olga R. Rodgriguez, Huffington, October 18, 2012 

Informational Vandalism

Merck Published Fake Journal

Fake Data Found in Science Journals,” Nicole Ostrow,, October 1, 2012

Scientist Misconduct Explains Most Study Retractions,” Dan Vergano, USAToday, October 1, 2012

Scientist Could Be Jailed For Making Up Data,” Jennifer Welsh, Business Insider, October 2, 2012.

Study: Scientific Research Fraud on the Rise,” CBS News (Oct. 1, 2012)

Concerning Iran and the Onion 

Concerning DHMO

Concerning Mermaids:
 Discovery Press Release

California Bar Journal article concerning the Stolen Valor Act

Scientific Fraud is Rife: It's Time to Stand Up for Good Science,” Pete Etchells and Suzi Gage, The Guardian, November 2, 2012

Counterfeit Information

Suggested Sites for Fact Checking:

Top 10 Sites to Debunk Internet Hoaxes,” Tim Malone,, August 6, 2010

The Department of Homeland Security Hoax Page

American Chemistry Council Hoax Page

Resource Evaluation

Internet Accuracy: Is Information on the Web Reliable?" (CQ Research)

C.R.A.P. Test (Currency, Reliability, Authority, Purpose/Point of View)

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask,”  UC Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops

“Evaluating Web Pages,” University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York
 Evaluating Web Content

Evaluating Social Media,” Johns Hopkins University

2011 Global Go To Think Tank Index Rankings,” Think Tank and Civil Societies Program of the International Relations Program, University of Pennsylvania, January 2012 

Search Engines

Being Frank About Search Engine Rank,” Federal Trade Commission

Recommended Search Engines,” University of California at Berkeley

What Makes a Search Engine Good?” University of California at Berkeley

The 10 Best Search Engines of 2012,” Paul Gil,

100 Powerful Search Engines You May Not Know About,”

Search Engine Reviews,” Consumersearch

In Google We Trust: Users’ Decisions on Rank, Position and Relevance,”  B. Pan, et al. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communications, 12(3)

Multiple Presents: How Search Engines Re-Write the Past” By Iina Hellsten, Loet Leydesdorff, and Paul Wouters, New Media & Society, 8(6), (2006), 901-924

Suggestion: compare a search at Google Scholar, with the same search at refseek, or any combination of search engines.

Wikipedia and the Judiciary:
 “Judicial Citation to Wikipedia in Published Federal Court Opinions
   Utah Case Discussing the Use of Wikipedia

Additional Links of Interest





US Supreme Court

Law Library of Congress

NCSL Subject Matter Resources

NCSL (StateNet) Bill Tracking

NCSL Databases of State Reports:
 Legislative Research Reports
 Program Evaluations and Audits

Congressional Research Service Reports:
 Open CRS 
 Digital Library

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