Tools

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It’s hard to discuss science in any fashion if you’re not equipped with the proper tools. What sources are good? What organizations are reputable? How do I disseminate the fact from the fiction?

Here are some tools to help with that and more.

Skeptical Software Tools

http://skeptools.com/

This site is dedicated to developing advanced tools and techniques for use by skeptics in fighting the battle against misinformation on the world wide web.

 Citizen Science Alliance

http://www.citizensciencealliance.org/

The CSA is a collaboration of scientists, software developers and educators who collectively develop, manage and utilise internet-based citizen science projects in order to further science itself, and the public understanding of both science and of the scientific process. These projects use the time, abilities and energies of a distributed community of citizen scientists who are our collaborators.

Evaluating Internet News Sources

http://www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htm

An excellent breakdown for evaluating news sources on the net.

Spurious Correlations

http://www.tylervigen.com/

Some fun, strange correlations that show how poor an idea relying on correlation is.

Judging the quality of science sources

http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/judging-quality-science-sources/

A good scientific skeptic needs to decipher the science (or pseudoscience) in popular news articles, for example, to determine its validity. We should be critical, if not skeptical, of what is written in these articles to ascertain what is or is not factually scientific. We even need to determine the quality of science from the best to the weakest, so that we can determine the level of authority of the science before we pass it along to others.

PLOS One

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/?section=in_the_news

Debunkatron

http://debunkatron.com/

When you read or overhear nonsense or the besmirching of science, do you have an urge to respond and set things straight? Are you seeking knowledge and tools to help refute such foolishness? Would you like to be the bane of forums and blogs with topics about pseudoscience, bizarre conspiracies, quackery, or the supernatural? If yes to any of the above, then you have come to the right place. Welcome!

A Guide to Looking Smart on the Internet: How to Find and Evaluate Online Information

http://www.skeptiforum.org/a-guide-to-looking-smart-on-the-internet-how-to-find-and-evaluate-online-information/

A great guide written by Knigel Holmes, the founder of http://www.skeptiforum.org/

How To Choose Your News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-Y-z6HmRgI

A video on how to choose news sources.

100 Search Engines for Academic Research

http://www.teachthought.com/technology/100-search-engines-for-academic-research/

Back in 2010, we shared with you 100 awesome search engines and research resources in our post: 100 Time-Saving Search Engines for Serious Scholars. It’s been an incredible resource, but now, it’s time for an update. Some services have moved on, others have been created, and we’ve found some new discoveries, too. Many of our original 100 are still going strong, but we’ve updated where necessary and added some of our new favorites, too. Check out our new, up-to-date collection to discover the very best search engine for finding the academic results you’re looking for.

The Pocket Guide to Bullshit Prevention

http://www.lastwordonnothing.com/2014/04/29/the-pocket-guide-to-bullshit-prevention/

CARL SAGAN’S BALONEY DETECTION KIT

http://users.tpg.com.au/users/tps-seti/baloney.html

The Skeptic’s Dictionary

http://www.skepdic.com/

The Skeptic’s Dictionary is a website and a book. Each features definitions, arguments, and essays on topics ranging from acupuncture to zombies, and provides a lively, commonsense trove of detailed information on things supernatural, paranormal, and pseudoscientific.

RationalWiki

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Main_Page

This is an amazing all in one resource for debunking nonsense.

Snopes

http://www.snopes.com/

Welcome to snopes.com, the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation. Use the search box above to locate your item of interest, or click one of the icons below to browse the site by category.

Questionable Organizations: An Overview

http://www.quackwatch.com/04ConsumerEducation/nonrecorg.html

This is a great breakdown for determining if an organization is reliable, from http://www.quackwatch.com/

 

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