AT&T has determined that identity theft is the number one
white collar crime in America today (no citation/author given).
The U.S. General Accounting Office has reported that identity
theft reporting has increased from 35,235 in 1992 to 522,922 in
1997 (U.S. General Accounting Office, www.gao.gov "Identity Fraud,"
Report No. GGD-98-100BR, 1998, p. 40].
Is the information Objective?
Is the Information Current?
In printed documents, the date of publication is the first
indicator of currency. If you want current information on cancer
research you aren’t interested in something published in the
The document refers to clearly dated information
"Based on 2000 US Census data, the average household income rose
10% over the last decade."
Other Verification Strategies
Keep in mind search engines are now using “pay per click'
Pay Per Click
Many search engines are now trying to generate income from
content. People can pay a premium to have their website listed
whenever someone does a search for certain keywords.
The website author picks the keywords, bids as much as they
think it should cost to win the top slot, and then pays by the
click. “With cost-per-click (CPC) pricing, you pay only when a
customer clicks on your ad, regardless of how many times it's
shown. (source: http://www.google.com date: 4/10/05)
“Pay-Per-Click (PPC) search engines are a highly effective way
to attract cheap, targeted traffic to your website. PPC advertising
works on a bid for position basis. The more you bid, the higher
your site will appear in the search engine's results. And you only
pay when a visitor "clicks" to go to your site.' (source: JRL
Check the Domain Name
When the Internet was "born" people got together and gave it
some structure and rules. One of the rules is about the domain
If it comes from a .com or .net site it may have bias or profit
in mind, not just information. This does not mean that other sites
are free of bias; just that this is something you need to keep in
mind. What is the purpose and the agenda of the person or
organization that developed the site?
If you find a website with a tilde ~ in the web address, the
person who created that page is not the owner of the website
The ~ tilde is very commonly found on student pages,
departmental pages for reports, or on other nonpermanent/transient
"Who is" Lookup
This service will give you the name, address and phone number of
the person (or office) who is responsible for that domain name (and
the Web site)
If you feel that you need more information concerning their
resources or documentation, you can contact them. For example, if
you looked up http://www.saintleo.edu your results would
Domain Name: SAINTLEO.EDU
Registrant: Saint Leo College
PO Box 6665
Computer Center MC-2066
Saint Leo, FL 33574