- Scrutinize statements for factual accuracy
- Get direct links to other evidence statements and data that either support or contradict assertions
- Full citations for any published source: news, scholarly, video, audio, etc.; online or off
- See the limited online demo at http://check.citeevidence.org
- Fully Internationalized (i18n) - suss-out any page in any language or script
It's time to get exCited!CiteEvidence.org
is a fack-check database in the form of a semantic wiki which is used primarily to support the Fact Checker browser extension. Share your fact checking results on this wiki and everyone browsing the Internet with the extension will see your evidence embedded within news stories, blogs, corporate and government publications, etc. - any non-fiction work accessible via a web browser.CiteEvidence.org
gathers citations to documentary evidence for any assertion, or what we call, a Statement Under Scrutiny (SUS). The Fact Checker extension displays these evidence citations in your browser along with the key statement(s) of the evidence document for immediate viewing along with a formatted endnote citation and link to an online copy of the document if one is available. SUS are recognized wherever they may be restated on the Internet. If you think a SUS was not detected, click the "Force Recheck" button to update your cache. The cache is updated frequently with no noticeable effect on bandwidth after the initial 2 MB download. The extension accomplishes this without sending the content of the page to the CiteEvidence server thereby maintaining privacy. All SUS submissions are be confirmed as existing in the cited document before being made available to Fact Checker users. For pages behind a paywall or other non-public pages that our servers cannot access, you can help identify new SUS locations by sending the page content (select text -> Right-Click -> Check Selected Text) to our server for analysis and any SUS found will be available to all Fact Checker users on subsequent visits to the page.
Where does the evidence come from? The evidence citations come from a crowdsourced citation database with a focus on citing evidence for popular non-fiction works. The entire database is viewable via the semantic MediaWiki at www.citeevidence.org
Offline sources are also cited.
This citation system is NOT designed for the general annotation of documents with miscellaneous related data such as dictionary, map, or encyclopedia entries or other metadata. We believe that such systems have failed widespread adoption in the past because they simply overload the reader with too much iformation that is mostly uninteresting or distracting. Fact Checker focuses on the single most frequent and most important question asked during research, "Is this true"? The more this question can be answered the more confident one can be in his research results.
NOTE: CiteEvidence depends solely on contributions from the Fact Checker user community for its content; that means YOU!
Becoming a CiteEvidence Contributor
Adding new SUS to an article is easy through the shortcut menu (select text -> Right-Click -> Create SUS from Selected). But, there are rules which must be followed in order to add new citations to the system. If you would like to contribute, please learn how by first reading the Help page on the CiteEvidence wiki. For now, registration is not required to submit a new SUS and cite evidence for (or against) it.
What kind of articles/posts/etc can be sussed and/or cited? We think the focus should primarily be on output from news sources, but there is no policy against sussing articles or documents from any other non-fiction source as long as the document is of a serious nature with the intent to distribute factual information. E.g., blogs, advertisements, company releases, product information, brochures, technical docs, whitepapers, government publications, etc, etc.
Tips on how to contribute:
1.) If you find a news article that contradicts another news article on significant facts, then create a Statement Under Scrutiny (SUS) with a "Contra" or "But see" citation to the contradicting statement(s).
2.) If you find an assertion that you know has good documentary evidence to support it and you know where to find that evidence, then create a SUS with an "According to" or "See" citation for support.
3.) If you see something else wrong with or missing from a story, then a "But consider" citation might be useful.
See the Help page for more info. Feel free to contact support for help.