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When we asked Massachusetts librarians, "What's the free web info resource you find most useful?" they said...
This LibGuide is a collaboration of reference librarians across Massachusetts. This guide brings together free internet reference sources. This list is constantly growing and changing, and relies on its users to keep it robust and relevant. Please use the forms on this site, or email the guide facilitator directly to report omissions or suggest sites. Happy searching.
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, factcheck.org reports on the accuracy of "what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases."
PolitiFact started in 2007 as an election-year project of the Tampa Bay Times (then named the St. Petersburg Times), focused on looking at specific statements made by politicians and rating them for accuracy.
A volunteer run site that evaluates news sources for bias and factual accuracy. A detailed "Methodology" section explains the process the MBFC uses. (It's also a useful read if you, dear librarian, could use a refresher on vetting sources.)
"What would I ever use this for?" is a series of short videos offering a quick dive into reference resources found on this guide. Get a quick tour of the resources and helpful hints on how the information contained might be helpful to you, the Reference Librarian.