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Verified : how to think straight, get duped less, and make better decisions about what to believe online / Mike Caulfield and Sam Wineburg.

Caulfield, Mike, (author.). Wineburg, Samuel S., (author.).

"The internet brings information to our fingertips almost instantly. The result is that we often react hastily, without taking a moment to verify the source or get a quick read on a claim before engaging with a viral piece of media. Information literacy experts Mike Caulfield and Sam Wineburg help us identify red flags, gain a quick sense of context, and make more efficient use of websites like Google and Wikipedia that can help and hinder in equal measure. This how-to guide will teach you to use the web to verify the web, quickly and efficiently, including how to: Verify news stories and other events in as little as thirty seconds (seriously); Determine if the article you're citing is by a reputable scholar or a quack; Detect the slippery tactics scammers use to make their sites look credible; Decide in a minute if that shocking video is truly shocking; Deduce who's behind a site -- even when its ownership is cleverly disguised; Uncover if that feature story is actually a piece planted by a foreign government; And so much more. Building on research-based techniques like SIFT and lateral reading, Verified will help students and anyone else looking to get a handle on the internet's endless flood of information through quick, practical, and accessible steps." -- Page [4] of cover.

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  • ISBN: 9780226822068
  • ISBN: 0226822060
  • Physical Description: 266 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: Chicago, IL : The University of Chicago Press, 2023.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [227]-255) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Get quick context : it can take as little as thirty seconds - seriously! -- Cheap signals : or, how not to get duped -- Google : the bestie you thought you knew -- Lateral reading : using the web to read the web -- Reading the room : benefiting from expertise when you have only a bit yourself -- Show me the evidence : why scholarly sources are better than promotional materials, newsletters, and random tweets -- Wikipedia : not what your middle school teacher told you -- Video games : the dirty tricks of deceptive video -- Stealth advertising : when ads masquerade as news -- Once more with feeling : using your emotions to find the truth -- Conclusion : critical ignoring -- Postscript : large language models, ChatGPT, and the future of verification.
Biographical or Historical Data:
Mike Caulfield is a research scientist at the University of Washington's Center for an Informed Public, where he studies the spread of online rumors and misinformation. Creator of the SIFT methodology, he has taught thousands of teachers and students how to verify claims and sources through his workshops. Sam Wineburg is the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education, Emeritus, at Stanford University, and the founder of the Stanford History Education Group, whose state-of-the-art curriculum on digital literacy has been distributed freely to schools all over the world. He is the author of Why Learn History (When It's Already on Your Phone), also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Subject: Internet literacy.
Internet searching.
Online manipulation.
Internet fraud.
Information literacy.
Verification (Empiricism)
Genre: Informational works.

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