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Although the Internet provides access to a wealth of information, there is little, if any, control over the quality of that information. Side-by-side with reliable information, one finds disinformation, misinformation, and hoaxes. The authors of this paper discuss numerous examples of fabricated historical information on the Internet (ranging from denials of the Holocaust to personal vendettas), offer suggestions on how to evaluate websites, and argue that these fabrications can be incorporated into bibliographic instruction classes.


The file uploaded here is a pre-print version of a journal article that was later published as: Drobnicki, John A., and Richard Asaro. 2001. Historical fabrications on the internet: Recognition, evaluation, and use in bibliographic instruction. Reference Librarian 35 (74): 121-164, doi:10.1300/J120v35n74_09; simultaneously co-published in Di Su (ed.), Evolution in reference and information services: The impact of the internet. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Information Press, 2001, 121-164.



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