Research and evalution of information is very important to the members of
this discussion group. Increasingly the internet is a major resource for
finding information. But the internet is hardly a peer reviewed journal.
Quite the opposite, the internet is laden with hoaxes, misinformation and
fraud. Jennifer Ellis has in a very readable style, quite miraculous in
itself for a publication from the legal field, put together a very
excellent article that discusses some of the ways of detecting fraud,
hoaxes and misinformation as well as providing quite a few website
listings for resources that deal with frauds or how to evaluate
information. You may want to keep the URL for this article handy and
refer to it often.
The Internet Lawyer: Legal Resources Online: Verifying Information Online:
A Lesson Learned From the Great Britney Spears Fiasco: Don't make the
mistake of relying on false or faulty information
by Jennifer Ellis
Article Section Headings
Who Wrote It and Why?
Does the Design Make Sense? Is It Technologically Sound?
What is the Scope of the Site?
Does the Domain Name Make Sense?
Documentation and Facts
Compare to Traditional Search Methods
Does It Seem Right?
HOAXES & SCAMS
CSICOP Hoax Watch
BIBLIOGRAPHICS & LINKS
[ You can find the Britney Spears story at
Jennifer Ellis works for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute with this contact
Ellis, Jennifer L. - Program Attorney
I hope members of this list find this resource as valuable as I did.
(215) 204 - 4584