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So you need to find some information and you’re just not sure who to trust. This has been a problem even before the internet. Our first solution was to ask the librarian. That too had problems. Local politics often skewed the library’s collection toward their point of view for many important topics.

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

Winston Churchill

In order to help decipher the maze of information you will have to open your mind, a lot, and look past what the author says to why they may be saying it.

There are some absolutes that make or break a site. If you’re looking for provable answers the author can not decry science as magic or know facts as myth. They can not promote myth and rumor as fact.

Some authors may also have ulterior motives as well. If the site is covered with advertising and the articles are written as though they are they only person who knows the right answer, can see the future and all others are false, getting you to return may be the only truth. We know those type of stories as cliffhangers. They can be great entertainment but should not be used as the basis of your life or paper.

Half a truth is often a great lie.

Benjamin Franklin

I don’t want you to think that site with ads are untrustworthy, We all have to pay the bills. Rather I think you should take it into consideration and look for other sites with more content on the same topic to compare with. Also don’t shy away from the opponents of a topic as well, they may have valid reasons, to argue against a topic, that you should know about.

Lots of reading  on both sides of an issue will give you information to decide with.

To help with understanding I will post two lists of sites that may help. They will grow in size as I find more resources so check them occasionally.

Sites to help you be websavy.

Sites to help you with critical thinking.

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