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Media Literacy . WEBSITES AND SEARCH ENGINES. Don’t Believe Everything You Read!. Not all websites are good. Some have a ton of pop-ups and scams promising you money. Some are sites that look good but can infect your computer with a virus when you click on the link.

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media literacy

Media Literacy

WEBSITES AND SEARCH ENGINES

don t believe everything you read
Don’t Believe Everything You Read!

Not all websites are good. Some have a ton of pop-ups and scams promising you money...

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Some are sites that look good but can infect your computer with a virus when you click on the link...

so which sites are good
So which sites are good?

Any website including or ending with “ .gov” . or “.ca”.

The “gov” means it is a government site and the “ca” means it is a Canadian, government or government-sponsored site. Examples include:

The official Government of Canada website: http://www.gc.ca/

The official Province of Manitoba website: http://www.gov.mb.ca/

The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba: http://www.afm.mb.ca/

The official United States of America website: http://www.usa.gov/

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Any website including or ending with “.edu”. This means it is an educational institution such as a university, generally in the United States. Example:

University of Illinois: http://illinois.edu/

*Note: Canadian University websites end in “.ca”:

University of Winnipeg: http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/

University of Manitoba: http://umanitoba.ca/

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Websites including or ending with “.org”. This means it is an organization of some kind. Examples include:

Turtle Island Native Network: http://www.turtleisland.org/front/_front.htm

Seven Oaks School Division: www.7oaks.org/

*Note: Some organization websites are good; some are not. You must decide, based on how consistent the information is, whether it looks official or has many pop-ups, etc. Wikipedia, the infamous “anyone can edit” dictionary, is an organization: http://www.wikipedia.org/

can i use wikipedia
Can I use Wikipedia?
  • As a starting point / background information ONLY.
  • Never use Wikipedia as a cited source
  • Scroll down to check their sources and external links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism

beware of
Beware of:

Any website including or ending with “.com” indicates that it is a commercial website. Some might still be good, but many are useless.You must make that judgement call. Examples are:

  • Youtube: www.youtube.com
  • Hotmail: www.hotmail.com
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com
  • Amazon: http://amazon.com/
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BUT...

Some “reliable” websites are not actually reliable!

http://pubweb.acns.nwu.edu/~abutz/index.html

so how can i tell
So How Can I Tell?

Pay attention to details!

still not sure cross reference
Still Not Sure? Cross-Reference!

The more sources the better!

so how do i use search engines
So how do I use search engines?
  • Put search terms in quotation marks and use the + sign.

“Garden City Collegiate”

Capitalism + Canada + recent

  • Google Scholar can also be good
bibliography
Bibliography
  • Once you have found good websites, don’t forget a Bibliography!

www.easybib.com

www.bibme.com

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