General and Subject-specific databases

Sample Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar Search

Fact Check

Fact checking sources with good reputations include:

Snopes.com - The Urban Legends Reference Page. Site authors research rumors and include citations and references.

Politifact.com - A Pulitzer Prize-winning site that researches and rates political statements and claims. Rating scale goes from True to Half-True to Pants on Fire! 

FactCheck.org - A Project of the Annenberg Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania also see SciCheck which specifically fact checks scientific claims

Washington Post Fact Checker - Rates claims from true (A Geppetto Checkmark) to "Whopper" (4 Pinocchios)

AP Fact Check - From the Associated Press

Open Secrets - From the Center for Responsive Politics

Be especially wary of anything claiming to provide the "truth" or "just the facts".

True facts and statistics can be manipulated in a number of ways in order to tell a certain story. Many people have fallen for the DiHydrogen Monoxide petition - requesting that water be banned!

 

Newspaper Databases

Evaluating Sources: Use the CRAAP Test Method (It really helps!)

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