1. C.R.A.P. test
2. R.E.A.L. test
Read the URL
Examine the sites content and history
Ask about the author or publisher
Look at the links in detail
READ: the URL
Are you on a personal page? Look for a personal name, a tilde, %.
EXAMINE: the site's content or history
Wayback Machine will show the history of a website. Useful to check how up to date the information really is.
OR: try the BOM site. Check the frequency of the updates
ASK: about the author/publisher
Martin Luther King website (martinlutherking.org) use Easy Who-Is to find publisher of site.
LOOK: at the links
Searching in a browser. Pages are arranged by PageRank, not by popularity or quality of information.
The search looks at the search terms and tries to compare with other content. When lots of pages have similar titles or content, it is the links that make a difference. Wikipedia almost always comes up at the top of a search not just because it is well known and popular, but also because there are so many sites that link to each Wikipedia page.
Test the links to a page by searching with link:(URL) in Google search bar.
LOOK: at the images
Hoax images from 2014
Find the original source of an image: Tin Eye