Have you read something on the Internet? Before taking it at face value, stop to think. Are you sure it's true?
This guide's resources will help you think critically about the information you encounter. You'll learn what to watch out for, where to go, and what to think about when deciding if a headline is too good to be true or if a picture is really worth a thousand words. You can also use the tools shared in this guide to help you decide whether a claim, image, or site is reliable.
To learn one way to start thinking about online information, scroll down to look at the Move Up and Sideways graphic (or the text description). For more strategies to evaluate information, check the Approaches and Mindsets tab. If you're interested in tools to help you do something specific, like identify a photograph or fact check a claim, visit the Tips and Tools tab.
And of course, if you're ever unsure, contact a librarian! You can get in touch with us using the methods listed in the Need help? box on every page.
Go as far back as you can to find the original source of the information.