Thursday, January 29, 2015

Some Not So Credible Sources...

Hello Eminence!

While the Internet is a great resource for students to use, I think we all know that it is not always full of the most credible sources.

When I ask my students, "How do you know if this website is legit?",  I always seemed to get a response like this this: 

"It looks like a good source, so it must be a good source."  

With that in mind, I wanted to share with you all three of my favorite websites that you can share with your students.  They may look credible, but upon closer inspection...


I love this site.  It looks legit (has real names of explorers during the Age of Exploration), has its own domain (, and it's clearly something that someone has put a lot of time into creating for schools.  
"This site looks great for student research." ~ Christopher Columbus
However, when you actually start to read the articles that go along with each explorer....

Yeah. Not so much.  On a side note, I love the idea of Napoleon posting the Louisiana Purchase on Craigslist.  Hilarious.  


Another favorite site of mine is  Props to David Saunders for pointing this one out to me!  

The site warns about a dangerous chemical compound, Dihydrogen Monoxide, that people everywhere are coming in contact with on a daily basis.  According to the site, Dihydrogen Monoxide:
  • is also known as hydric acid, and is the major component of acid rain.
  • contributes to the Greenhouse Effect.
  • may cause severe burns.
  • contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
  • accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
  • may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.

Its chemical formula looks like this: 

It's two parts Hydrogen to every one part Oxygen.  Get it yet?  

Hint Hint...

How about one more example...?  This one speaks for itself.  

This picture speaks for itself.

Donnie Piercey


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