Kinda Sus: Fact-Checking Internet Sources (Part 1)

Whether you are working on a research project, looking for news about COVID-19 or the election, or just catching up on your Twitter feed, it’s important that you always fact-check the information you find.

If you aren’t familiar with Among Us, it’s a game of teamwork, trust, but ultimately, 💀DECEPTION💀 ! Crewmates work as a team on a spaceship to complete a list of tasks, but there are imposters among them attempting to sabotage their work.

Like Among Us, it’s sometimes hard to know when information on the internet is going to help us achieve our goal (be better informed) or sabotage our success (give us bad information).

To avoid being sabotaged, you can evaluate the information you find on the internet to determine if it is legit or looking kinda sus. I’m going to share two different tools (one will be my next blog post) you can use to ask yourself questions about the internet source you found to determine if it is something you should trust. These can be news website, blog, Twitter post, YouTube video, whatever!

A note for all my crewmates: you don’t need to be paranoid about everything you read on the internet! What you should be is skeptical and conduct your own Emergency Meeting in your head to evaluate what you find.

The 5 Ws

The first tool is called the 5 Ws and I bet you can guess what those 5 Ws are: Who? What? When? Where? Why?

Take a look at the internet source you found and ask yourself questions like these:

  • Who wrote (or recorded) this and are they an expert?
  • What information is included and does this information differ from other sources?
  • When was the information posted (and when was it last updated)?
  • Where does the information come from?
  • Why is this information useful for my goal?

Let’s use the example of internet sources related to Among Us:

Example 1:

If we open the first example, we can see that it is an article on the website Game Informer. If you aren’t familiar with it, clicking around the site or Googling it in a new tab will tell you this is a gaming magazine and website.

Who? We know the publication is Game Informer and the author is Lianna Rupert. We checked on the publication already, but we could search the website for information about the author to see what else she has published, or find her online to check her qualifications.

What? The article clearly identifies itself as a game review in the very beginning. This means it will be a combination of facts about the game itself and the reviewer’s opinion of the game.

When? This article was published online on September 29, 2020. This means it is very recent and up-to-date, so the information is good!

Where? The information in the review comes from the reviewer’s experience of playing the game and her personal analysis and opinion of the game. Again, this means that we need to separate the facts about the game from the author’s opinion of it.

Why? Is this information useful for your goal? It all depends on what your goal is. If you are looking for reliable reviews of Among Us by a professional gaming website, this source is great for your goal.

However, if you are looking for news from the developers of the game (see Example 3) or information about how to install it and the basics of playing, you might want to look elsewhere.

Your Turn

Take a look at the second and third examples linked above and ask the same questions. Your “Why?” question will always depend on what your goal is!

The next blog post will introduce you to evaluating online news using the ESCAPE method. See you then!

MHS Libraries Digital Menu

Welcome back to a weird new school year, Bolts. We want you to know that the MHS Libraries are here to support you, whether you are Orange, Blue, or Virtual. Even if you can’t swing by the Media Center like you used to do, there are still ways we can connect.

One of those ways is sharing all the resources we have for you online. You may not have access to our bookshelves right now (we care about your health and safety) but what you do have access to are e-books and databases that are chock full of information and stories.

Right now we have a Digital Menu so you can see what we have to offer. There are links you can click to go directly to the resource. Just make sure you know the username and password (you can find them [HERE] — make sure you are signed in to your Millville Google account!).

We will be posting blog updates here with changes to how we are going to run things at the start of hybrid learning. We hope you all understand that all of the changes are necessary and meant to keep everyone safe. We miss you, and make sure to also follow us on Instagram, where we will also be sharing fun stuff and hope to connect with you. 🙂

Ms. Finney

New Books!

Attention Bolts staff and students: the new books are in on both Millville HS campuses! Check out the slide shows below to see all of our new titles. Want to check out a book that is on the other campus? Just let our staff know and we will pick up the book for you!

Happy reading, everybody. ❤

-Ms. Finney

Senior HS Campus: New Books

Memorial HS Campus: New Books

Database Update!

Welcome back, Bolts!

We have updated the username and password for all of our research databases. Students at both Memorial and Senior High will now use the same login information.

Please click the link below to access a Google Doc with the updated login information. You must log in with your Millville Public Schools Google account in order to access this document.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Finney.

Updated Database Login Information [Click to access]