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Is there a reason to check the source of information on web pages that search engines find? Well let's think about who creates all these web pages, which as we said earlier is everybody. Now the Internet is a way for anybody to express his or her own perception of anything. Search engines perform searches by the information that you request. Since this is all automated, a search engine can take you to a website where you may not want to be or have information that is untrue or outdated.

First of all, do you believe whatever you are told without question? Maybe as a child, but even children question why? Having the Internet as a resource, check out the validity of the material of the web page. Remember you can do additional searches on the author of the web page, or to see if the content of a web page is untrue. Just like many of the e-mails you get are hoaxes.

Some sites put in "keywords" that have nothing to do with their web page to get search engines to get you to their site. Many pornographic sites do this. Also a web site can pay search engines fees to try to get higher listing, so they are now on page 10 instead page 10284, when the search engine brings up "pages found".

Also under the command "view" which is located on the menu bar of most browsers, there is another command called "source". You then can view the source of the html code for the web page you have on your screen. Ignore most of the HTML code. Instead look at the top or bottom of this page to see if you can find a date or other information when it was created. Sometimes this gives you information, and sometimes it does not. Do not worry, this is only a inquiry mode and you cannot hurt anything or change the web page in any way.


See ResourceRecommendations. Feel free to add additional resources to these lists, but please follow the guidelines on ResourceRecommendations including ResourceRecommendations#Guidelines_for_Rating_Resources.


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