World Trade Organization
Sites in alphabetical order:
- Absolution Online
- Pretty obvious why this one works. Definitely a hoax.
- ADD--Attention Deficit Disorder
- Who are these people? Is the information objective?
- Adobe Systems Inc.
- Typical company site. How easy is it to find information on it?
- AIDS FACTS!
- A hoax site, but if students are not careful, they may get taken in. Especially when they notice that the page includes
- This one looks pretty good. It is an ".org" rather than a ".com." The leadership looks authentic and knowledgeable.
Documents on the site are dated and look fairly current. But do they have an agenda? And what about their calls for donations?
- All about multiple personality disorder. . . .
- What is this site trying to do? What information is it giving?
- Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie
- Obviously a hoax, but it sure looks real. Even has a created and revised date. If you click on the creator, you see a whole lot of
- American Cancer
- Compare this site with other cancer sites. This one appears much more current and authoritative. Is it objective?
- The American Civil War Home Page
- This one is a little more complicated. It was created by one person who is a Civil War buff, but much of his material
includes citations for where he got the information. Much of it is also his own musings. For factual information, users would
want to check other sources to verify the information. Currency of information on this web site is probably not essential.
- The American Civil War Homepage
- This one was obviously put together by a history scholar. But it looks like it hasn't been updated in a while, and many of
the resources are questionable.
- American Lung Association
- Again, as an .org, this one is probably legitimate. Another good site for discussing objectivity.
- Americans for
- Is this for real? They are asking for donations!
- Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
- This looks legitimate, but there are a lot of links, and I'm not sure I would trust all of them. This is obviously a site
with an agenda to push.
- Angel on
- The organization sponsoring this site, NPR, has a reputation for being fairly reliable. And since it is pro and con,
they are obviously trying to give a balanced perspective. The sources for their arguments are certainly authoritative. The
site has not been updated in quite a while, however, and the cites themselves are fairly old.
- Anti-Aging and Longevity Project
- This site has a lot of information, and it does cite some studies. However, if you look at the project developer, it is a
registered nurse. There is really no organization that seems to endorse this therapy. Again, it is selling something. Also, it is
- Asia Pacific Research Online
- The creator of this site, Dr. Mathew Ciolek, is a scholar in the field of Asian and Pacific Studies at Australian National University,
which probably means that his site is probably authoritative. He links to information about himself and his C.V. Based on the
statistics shown at the bottom of the page, it is probably up-to-date. The links that are not to papers of his own are links to the
WWW Virtual Library, which is recognized as authoritative. I would guess that you'd want to back up information on this site with info
from other similar sites.
- Asian Studies WWW
- This is a part of the WWW Virtual Library, created by the same person as the previous site. It was updated recently. Nothing to
sell. This is probably a pretty good site for an overview.
- A site the "provides one-on-one personal spiritual guidance to people of all backgrounds" though its focus is obviously Jewish.
Offers real-time chat. Also has a database of information and previously asked questions. The knowledge base obviously shows that
questions are answered with the Jewish religion foremost. Interesting site, but I would not call it authoritative except in questions
of the Jewish faith. Note that this is a .com, and does include a store, so there is obviously someone selling something.
- Attention Deficit Disorder and
- This site is sponsored by a company selling all-natural healing products. The articles cited on it look to be real and the articles
written for the site appear to be written by doctors. However, this site does have a bias--natural healing rather than traditional
- One of the many car-buying sites on the internet. The company has no biases that can be discovered in terms of makes of car, but
obviously they want to be the one to sell you a car. Lots of good information including consumer review, pricing information on all
types of cars, and financing information.
- Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide
- A hoax site that looks perfectly believable. However, it has no links to verify the information it provides, nor is there any link
which tells about the organization sponsoring the site. The only date available is 1995-96.
- A good example of a web site with a message. It's sponsored by the Cattlemen's Beef Board. Includes lots of information, specifically
targeted to health professionals, nutrition communicators, and nutrition and health media. But of course, it is pro-meat.
- Bioethics and Cloning
- From the American Journal of Bioethics and the University of Pennsylvania, this would be a scholarly site for bioethics research.
- Biotech Knowledge Center
- Who sponsors this site and what is their agenda?
- Black Market Babies
- Obviously a hoax site, but good for reminding people what to look for in evaluation.
- Boilerplate: Mechanical Marvel of the Nineteenth Century
- You really have to dig to find that this site is a hoax from start to finish. Very clever.
- A brief synopsis of The Lord of the Rings
- A very sarcastic synopsis and not one you'd want your students using. Again, consider this would come up on a Google search.
- British Stick
- Another hoax site that looks like it could be real. However, there is no link to the British Stick Insect Foundation.
- Buddhist Studies WWW
- Another WWW Virtual Library site written by Cioluk.
- Bunny Survival Tests Home Page
- Another hoax site set up as a scientific experimental site. A good example of a site with no real value.
- Burmese Mountain Dog
- Well, this one looks pretty good. Even says it's from the Burmese Mountain Dog Club. However, there is no actual link to the club,
and if you know anything about dogs, you know there is not Burmese Mountain Dog--it's Bernese Mountain Dog.
- Buy Dehydrated Water
- I'll leave it to you to figure out whether this one is legitimate.
- Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
- Although this is a legitimate organization with lots of good information on its site, it is still pushing an agenda and asking
- Children and Television Violence--Abelard
- Who is Abelard? He/she might be someone qualified to speak on this subject, but based on his/her own bio information, it's very
hard to say.
- China: Environmental Issues
- This one is from our government and is from a reliable source. However, look at the date on the top--July 2003. It has not been
updated for over a year.
- China's Health and Environment: Air Pollution and
- Although this one comes from what looks like a reliable, scholarly organization, the date on the study is 1998.
- Christian Women's
- This one is pretty obviously a hoax.
- The CIA and Radiation
- First the URL is suspicious--a company and a ~pinknoiz author. Although the report looks legit, with footnotes and all,
there is no way to check anything. And no links to the sponsoring body or creator.
- The Civil War
- Even though this one is sponsored by a company, it looks pretty reliable. It has lots of info and lots of links.
- The Civil War Home Page
- Billed as the most comprehensive site for information on the Civil War. However, the author doesn't state any credentials.
- Clear Picture, Blurry Story
- Compare to the Redshift article below. The sponsor of this article is Day 4, an evangelical Christian astronomical society. Do
they have a point of view different from the scientific one on the other Red Shift article?
- Click Monkeys!!
- Another spoof commercial site.
- Clones R Us
- Obviously a hoax, but an example of what a search on Google would retrieve.
- From a reputable resource, the articles cited are recent. This one looks like it's legit.
- This one looks like it's for young folks--K-12.
Cloning Is Moral
- This site on cloning is from the Ayn Rand Institute. Watch for bias.
- A hoax dressed up to look real.
- Obviously a known source with a good reputation and up-to-the-minute news. Content must be current.
- The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
- We do find out about the sponsor of this site, but we also know they have an agenda to push.
- Coca-Cola Company
- A typical company website. What can you find on it?
- Another reliable source for consumer information. Good for discussing objectivity.
- This is just one source for news and one that should probably go at the bottom of the list.
- If you're looking for both sides of the issue, this is definitely the place to go. Lots of links. However, the editor is not
a religious or scientific authority, and of course there is an agenda.
- Dihydrogen Monoxide
- Hmmmmmmm . . . . Is it or isn't it? A good site for talking about authority and reasonableness.
- Dow--A Chemical Company of the Global Playground
- Did you know that Dow is responsible for the birth of the modern environmental movement? Check out some of the links. It's
important to note the different URL from the real Dow site.
- Dow Chemical Company
- The leading maker of chemicals for warfare and for pesticides, see what they have to say about their ethics.
- Dr. Egilman on Plutonium Experiments
- This is just like the one above--The CIA and Radiation. Looks good, but no way to check the sources. If you cut off part of
the URL you find that Pink Noise is actually a design studio, but they have a political stance and they cite political views on their
- Driver's License Search
- Easy to get hooked on this one.
- EarthSave International
- This looks like a legitimate organization and has lots of links. Again, it is definitely pushing a particular point of view.
- Given the sponsors of this site, how reliable or biased is this information. And how complete?
- A political education group with an agenda. It does look legitimate and the credentials of the involved people look very good.
- Emergency Contraception--The Morning After Pill
- What is the American Life League and what is their agenda? Compare with the Plan B sites below.
- The English Only Movement
- This page is sponsored by the former executive director of the National Association for Bilingual Education. What would be his
point of view of The English Only Movement?
- Enjoying Hamlet by William Shakespeare
- An interesting site, but written by an M.D. What is his authority as a Shakespeare expert?
- Environmental Protection Agency
- If you can trust the government, you can trust this site.
- Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) and
Second Hand Smoke Links
- An organization for the rights of nonsmokers. Lots of good links. Contrast with a pro-smoking group.
- Essays on Hamlet
- Basically a site for downloading hundreds of essays on Hamlet--a paper mill??
- Eternal Life
- Snake oil? I'll bet some people are taken in by this, as for diet pills and other such nonsense.
- The Evolution of
the Conservation Movement
- From the Library of Congress's American Memory Project, a good source of information on the subject.
- Facts about . . . series
- This one is great fun. Facts about Einstein, the Civil War, Huckleberry Finn. However, consider that students could find any one of
these if they did a Google search.
- Exercise: A Healthy Habit to Start and Keep
- From the American Academy of Family Physicians, this site is probably to be trusted. If you trust conventional medicine.
Lots of information about exercise and health.
- Families Against Internet Censorship
- We may agree with the sentiments, but will we really get a balanced picture from this site?
- Feline Reactions to Bearded Men
- An old favorite hoax site. One of the first disguised as a real research document, with documentation included. A good example of
teaching for checking links.
- First Male Pregnancy
- From the same "Medical Center" that gave us Clyven.
- Fitness Jumpsite
- This site was compiled by two fitness enthusiasts. There are probably some good links and it's probably a good consumer type
of site, but not good for scholarly information.
- Focus on the Death Penalty
- This site was established by the Justice Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage for educational purposes. It claims to
take no sides. Very good.
- Forces International
- When you first read the description of this organization, it sounds like it's a pro-choice group (meaning pro-abortion).
What it really is is an organization "campaigning against irrational bans, and misinformation effecting [sic] consumers' right
to choose. One of their prime targets is the "politically correct" position taken across the country against smokers.
- Friends of the Earth
- An organization that fights for the environment. Looks legitimate. Does have a point of view.
- Fur Shame!
- This site is sponsored by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and so if definitely one-sided.
- GAO on Military Chemical Testing
- Pink Noise again.
- Gender and HIV/AIDS
- From the United Nations Development Fund for Women, this site has lots of good information and links.
- General Delivery University
- America's only Genuine Diploma Mill.
- From the folks who gave us Clyven, "create your own genetically healthy child online."
- The Giant Octopus Web Page
- Compare this with the Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus page.
- Global Warming Central
- Pace University Law School has compiled this website for students and scholars. Legit.
- Global Warming in the Third World--Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary
- Put together by a university school of environmental science and two institutes for the environment, this is a good site.
- Godsend Institute
- Is this a legitimate organization?
- Greening of the Anti-Immigrant Agenda
- A link from the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, I see no documentation for the assertions in the article,
nor do I see a date on it.
- A fun listing of all kinds of weird facts. Are they true? What's the source of the information?
- GunCite: gun control and Second Amendment issues
- Who sponsors this site? How long since it's been updated?
- Hamlet and his problems
- From Bartleby's great books online, this is a critique of Hamlet from T.S. Eliot.
- Health & Fitness
- PageWise, the sponsor, is another site like About.com. Offers answers and links on all kinds of question. Probably the
information is not harmful, but it is certainly not scholarly. And the last date I see on the site is 2002.
- Health Hazards
- This one comes from the World Health Organization, so it should be a good source. But you go right into an article with
no WHO heading and no citations for the facts that are stated.
- Hiroshima: was it necessary?
- Although it looks like there might be some useful information here, who is Doug Long????
- HIV Infection and AIDS
- This one is very confusing, but I'm sure it would come up in a Google search. It appears to be a text for the Complete
Home Medical Guide from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, but if you go to the College website, you
cannot find it listed on the website, so there is no explanation about it.
- Holocaust Denial or Holocaust Revisionism
- We have all heard about holocaus denial or revisionsism. This site is from the man who brought us the book "The Hoax of the
Twentieth Century: The Case Against the Presumed Extermination of European Jewry." Of course, the man is a professor of
Electrical and Computer Engineering, which does not make him an expert in any field but that.
- How State Laws Measure Up
- From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, this site rates laws on DUI/DWI, young driver licensing, safety belt use,
child restraing use, motorcycle helmet use, and use of red light cameras in the various U.S. states. They are rated Good, Fair,
Msrginal, and Poor, and an explanation is given for each rating for each type of law. A good example of a site that does something
- Human Cloning FAQ
- Believe it or not, this is a real site. However, the FAQ has no documented facts, and it is definitely pushing a point of
- Human Cloning Foundation
- Another real organization promoting the benefits of human cloning. How factual?? I'll let you judge.
- Human Test Subjects
- Another from Pink Noise. Good illustration of determining who is the author. Can we find a date?
- From Tufts University, this is a site for scholars.
- Indoor Air Quality
- From the Department of Housing and Urban Development, this site has lots of links to good information on indoor
pollution and how to treat it. The main page says that content hasn't been updated since December, 2000.
- A journalism website on inequality. Lots of links with lots of information.
- Insect Rights Activists
- Obviously a parody, which the disclaimer at the bottom of the page explains. Why else would they have an ad for
Terminix at the top of the home page?
- Institute for Historical Review
- Although this looks like a scholarly association, it is really a front for an advocacy group with lots of propaganda on
- Institute for Historical Review: Outlet for denial propaganda
- Compare this site, from the Anti-Defamation League, with the above website from the IHR.
Is the Food Supply Improving?
- Is their any significance to the fact that this is a commercial site?
- The Jackalope Conspiracy
- Clearly a hoax, but cute.
- Joe Boxer
- This one shows up frequently on lists for fashion and design.
- Kelvinic University
- The URL along gives this site away.
- The King Center
- This is a valid source of information on King.
- Ladies Against Women
- This is a good one for discussions of advocacy and objectivity.
- The essay looks legitimate with documentation, but who is the author?
- Martin Luther King, Jr.: A True Historical Examination
- This is a perfect example of a site that looks to be legitimate, but look at the sponsor of the site--
a major white supremicist organization.
- Mattell Announces New Barbie and New Ken Doll
- This could easily come up on a search of the Mattel company, but it's actually an example page from
a professor at the University of Minnesota.
- McWhortle Enterprises
- Looks interesting, but look at the testimonials names.
- Melatonin Central
- A company site is probably not the best place to find objective information about a product.
- Microwaves and Mind Control
- Another Pinknoiz site. Can you locate the Electronic Surveillance Project?
- Moonbeam Enterprises and the Lunar Travel Agency
- Who authored this website, and is there any information that supports their claims?
- National Abortion Federation
- This one is linked from many, many websites, and is a good site for information on abortion, but keep in mind
that it will show only one side of the issue.
- National Abortion Rights Action League
- Very similar to the the National Abortion Federation site. A good site for discussing objectivity.
- National Anti-Vivisection Society
- Another good example of an advocacy page.
- National Bioethics Advisory Commission
- This one looks like a good place to go.
- National Democratic Party
- This is the real thing, but obviously not objective.
- National Republican Party
- The opposite side of the political spectrum, at least for the U.S.
- National Right to Life Committee
- Another advocacy website. What are the facts found at this site?
- New Invention Allows Humans to Live Forever
- Puh---leeeeeeze. Who is the authority on this? Are there links to other sites that support this claim?
- No Smoke Home Page
- How accurate is this site? Who is the creator and what are the credentials? How do we know the sites
mentioned actually have installed the software?
- How would you determine the authenticity of this corporation?
- Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- Most people would think that this is the most authoritative site for this type of information. But is it really better than
other sites with a bent toward vegetarianism or other alternative types of diets?
- This may be one they haven't heard of, but it's a great site with lots of valuable info.
- Official English? NO!
- From the TESOL Sociopolitical Concerns Committee. Compare with the other English language sites.
- A good site for discussions of accuracy and authority.
- The Onion
- Probably a lot of people know about this fractured news source. It does bill itself as "America's finest news source."
Another good site for talking about authority and reasonableness.
- Organic Consumers Association
- Compare this with the Biotech Knowledge Center.
- The Ova Prima Foundation
- A fun site, looks authentic, dealing with research supporting the notion that the egg came before the chicken.
- The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
- Obviously a hoax--or is it?
- Panel Report: Human Radiation Experiments
- This looks like it comes from a legitimate journal, but you can't find that out for sure.
- Paul's Research Interests
- When was this page last updated?
- Philadelphia Inquirer
- What is the reputation of this paper? How easy is it to use?
- Physicians for Social Responsibility
- An advocacy website. Though the members are all professionals, are they qualified to comment on all these
- Plan B Consumer Home Page
- As with any company promoting its own product, how much can the information here be trusted?
- Plan B Tablets Information
- From the FDA, compare with the site above on Plan B.
- Planned Parenthood of America, Inc.--Emergency Contraception
- Planned Parenthood is a trusted organization. How does their information compare to the Plan B information in the other two sites?
- Who are the people who sponsor this site? They give their agenda, but how trustworthy is the information on the site?
- Project Vote Smart
- A good site for discussing objectivity.
- Puppy Tips
- What is this info being used for? If it's for research purposes, can the information be verified by other sources?
- A very interesting site to help searchers for consumer medicine sites evaluate what's what.
- Retail Tobacco Dealers of America
- Obviously an organization with a bias.
- Rethinking AIDS
- Quite an unusual take on science and the AIDS epidemic.
- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco--Smoking and Health
- How reliable can the information on this page be?
- This article reads like science, but there are very few references and we have no idea what the Electric Cosmos.org is.
- Rob's Sports, Fitness & Nutrition--Basic Nutrition Advice
- Who's Rob? Check him out with the link at the bottom of the page. But actually, the information on this page is pretty good!
- Role of the Media in Tobacco Control
- The CDC should be a realiable source, but look at how old this page is. And what information are we really
- Roslin Institute
- Another reliable resource for information on cloning.
- RYT Hospital
- This looks like a legitimate site, but look at the features at the top of the page. This is where we get the pages on GenoChoice and
the first male pregnancy.
- Another hoax site for those animal people.
- School Prayer
- Another hot-button issue with lots of advocate organizations on either side. A good site for discussing content.
- Scientific and Medical Aspects of Human Cloning
- Secondhand Smoke
- Surprisingly, this site looks pretty useful, considering it's from a tobacco company.
- Secondhand Smoke--The Big Lie
- Who is the author and what is his evidence? Is this an objective site?
- Sellafield Zoo
- Another hoax site, focused on nuclear power plants and their effects.
- Should Human Cloning Be Banned?
- This one makes it very easy to find out the credentials of the authors.
- A fairly well-known, respected internet zine.
- Smoking From All Sides
- Who is the author? How accurate is the content? Is it objective?
- Snow Job
- This one doesn't look too fancy, but it comes from FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), and reputable organization.
However, check out the date.
- Sounds legitimate. It's really a sex site.
- Society for Scientific Exploration
- Check out their mission and then try to figure out what their point of view is and how legitimate they really are.
- Sojourner Truth
- Although this comes from and .edu site, we have no idea from the page who the author is.
- SparkNotes Hamlet
- A Cliff's Notes from Barnes & Noble.
- Strawberry Pop-Tart Blow Torches
- Another hoax site posing as research.
- Taxonomy of Barney
- The evolution of dinosaurs???
- The Time Travel Fund
- This is a hard one to determine, but it is a hoax.
- Timothy Burke's Home Page
- How much can you rely on a blog?
- Tobacco Control Archives
- Why is this site likely to be authoritative and accurate?
- The Truth
- Well, this may be a credible site, and it may appeal to youth, but it's very difficult to find out anything about the hosts.
- From the United Nations, so the information is probably authoritative.
- U.S. English, Inc.
- Who is the sponsor of this site? What is their agenda?
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Who is the sponsor of this site? Probably a site good for research on the holocaust.
- Urban Air
- Look at the date on this. And, is this a site for selling a book, or what?
- Urban Legends and Folklore
- Have students take the Image Quiz. Take it yourself!
- USA Today
- Depending on your views of USA Today, this is at least a national news source. A good example for teaching currency.
- Did you know velcro was a crop? Seriously, this one is good for teaching authority, accuracy, reliability.
- Vice Fund
- OK--this one is real. You can actually invest in vice. But remember, there is a bias here.
- The Victorian Web
- This one looks like a valuable resource. Why? A good site for discussing authority and .org vs. .com or .net.
- Virusmyth AIDS HomePage
- Who is the author? Is he (are they) qualified? An alternative AIDS page.
- Was Hiroshima Necessary?
- The Institute for Historical Review, the sponsor of this site, is one of the most famous holocaust denial organizations. Be wary of
anything published by them.
- White House (alternative)
- What is the first clue that this is not the actual web site?
- White House (official)
- And how do you know this one is?
- White Poison: The Horrors of Milk
- What qualifies the author on this topic? A good site for discussing content.
- WHO HIV/AIDS Programme
- Again, the World Health Organization is a reputable organization, so this site would be good.
- How can you believe anything on this site if the creator wants to remain anonymous.
- The World Trade Organization
- The fake site
- World Trade Organization
- The real site. Notice how similar the two sites are.
- WorldNet Daily
- What is the bias of this one?
- Wynnie's Urban Oasis
- Who is Wynnie and can what she says about gardening be verified?
- The Yes Men
- Why are these men famous?
12/2004, Revised 4/06