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In this activity we will look at several online resources. What are your initial impressions? Make use of the CRAAP Test (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose). Will you use the information in your academic writing or research?
I am sure you've been told many times by different instructors to not use Wikipedia as a source. It is not appropriate to cite Wikipedia directly in your work. Most Wikipedia articles themselves aren't yet considered reliable enough as sources for a research paper, but references and external links may support you and direct you to vital sources.
Have Some Fun and Learn Through Games
Challenge yourself and play one of the proposed games or even all of them.
In Bad News, you take on the role of fake news-monger. Drop all pretense of ethics and choose a path that builds your persona as an unscrupulous media magnate. But keep an eye on your ‘followers’ and ‘credibility’ meters. Your task is to get as many followers as you can while slowly building up fake credibility as a news site. But watch out: you lose if you tell obvious lies or disappoint your supporters!
Factitious is a game for testing your skill at identifying fake and misleading news stories. The game was developed by the American University Game Lab and the American University’s School of Communication.
We often see images that are of such good quality we don't consider whether the picture is reality or if it was computer generated. Take our Fake or Foto challenge and see if you can tell the difference between our real photos and those which are computer generated.