In surfing the sea of information, try Greg McNamee’s 10 Ways to Test Facts. From Britannica Blog:
In a time of educational crisis, when reading and analysis are fading skills, teaching students how to recognize the condition of the waters seems an ever more difficult task. Yet . . . with a little coaching we all have in us the makings of champion freestyle surfers on that great ocean of data . . .
His first strategy:
1. Trust not the first answer the search engine turns up. In the spirit of the tyranny of the majority, it will usually be wrong or, if not outright wrong, not the answer you really need. A while back, Inside Higher Ed reported that, even though most teachers take it as a matter of faith, rhetorically if nothing else, that finding and filtering information are important skills, too few students know even to go beyond the first couple of hits that come back from a Google search. Less than 1 percent move to page 2 and beyond of the search results. Be one of that exalted few.
He also recommends posting three words by the computer: “Are you sure?”