10 Signs What You're Reading Online Is Bogus

You Can't Find the Information Anywhere Else
Reputable news sites check their facts. If you're reading something online that doesn't ring true, try a quick fact check of your own. If you can't verify the information, you're probably not dealing with balanced journalism. ©iStockphoto.com/Laur-Kalevi Tamm

If something seems too good to be true, well, you know how the saying goes, right? If you can't verify where the content originated, such as the findings of a study published in a scholarly journal, or if you can't seem to find similar information anywhere else, chances are pretty good what you've gotten into isn't legit, or at the very least it's misleading. Most credible journalists and the media companies they work for rely on at least two confirmed sources to back up all the facts they report, and that includes everything from untimely celebrity deaths to whether or not the new "Obamacare" laws require every American to be implanted with a microchip [source: Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism].

And what about when not only sources are missing, but author information also? We'll talk about that next.

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