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
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
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
An excellent breakdown for evaluating news sources on the net.
Some fun, strange correlations that show how poor an idea relying on correlation is.
Judging the quality of 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.
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
A great guide written by Knigel Holmes, the founder of http://www.skeptiforum.org/
How To Choose Your News
A video on how to choose news sources.
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
CARL SAGAN’S BALONEY DETECTION KIT
The Skeptic’s Dictionary
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.
This is an amazing all in one resource for debunking nonsense.
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
This is a great breakdown for determining if an organization is reliable, from http://www.quackwatch.com/
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