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About this Add-on
- Scrutinize statements for factual accuracy
- Get direct links to evidence documents 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
Note: For the latest release awaiting final review, see: versions
It's time to get exCited!
CiteEvidence.org is a fact-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 the wiki and everyone browsing the Internet with this 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 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) from the evidenced document for immediate viewing along with a Chicago style formatted endnote and a direct link to the document. SUS are recognized wherever they may be reprinted on the Internet. If you think a SUS was not detected, click the "Recheck Page" button to tell CiteEvidence to download its own private copy of the page and return any results it finds to your browser. The extension does not need to send text from the browser to the CiteEvidence server to accomplish its task except when explicitly and manually told to with the "Check Selected Text" function. All SUS submissions and their evidence are confirmed as valid and present in the cited documents before being made available to Fact Checker users. For pages behind pay or subscription walls or other non-public pages that our servers cannot access, you can help us 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 automatically available to all other 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 any non-fiction work. The entire database is viewable through the custom semantic wiki at http://www.citeevidence.org.
Offline sources can also be cited. It is still important to know where evidence can be found even if it is not immediately available online. Any historical document may be cited. If and when a document is made available online, CiteEvidence will be ready to discover the link and provide them to you.
All suss'd pages are archived at http://archive.today! If a page that contains SUS or evidence ever changes or is no longer available, viewing its original version is just a click away from the Fact Checker toolbar button. Now that's powerful!
Clutter-free Web Annotations
This citation system will not overwhelm you with various miscellaneous data such as dictionary entries, maps, encyclopedia entries or various other loosely-related information about a document. We believe that such systems have failed widespread adoption in the past because they simply overload the reader with too much information that is mostly uninteresting or distracting. We focus on the single most important and frequently asked question everyday, "Is this true?" The Fact Checker/CiteEvidence system will answer that question immediately and make your research more complete and with a lot less time and effort.
Note: CiteEvidence depends solely on contributions from the Fact Checker user community for its content.
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., serious blogs, advertisements, company releases, product information, brochures, technical docs, white papers, 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 ask your question on the Help Discussion page for further help.
Tested on Windows 7 and Ubuntu. Need to test on OS X but should work. Please give feedback about any issues.
1.) Check and show Fact Checker Special Announcements page
1.) Added default timeout to HTTP requests.
1.) archive.today -> archive.is
2.) Removed deprecated FUEL API usage.
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