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USD Information Literacy Lessons: Page 13

The broad focus of these lessons is understanding sources of information, including examples that can help you learn how to access information sources at USD. Each lesson is dedicated to a specific element of information competency.

The fact that the second site has no author or publisher, and that the information seems off-topic and irrelevant, should serve to warn you that this web site is not a legitimate source of information on your research topic.  By consulting (, you can find out who registered the web site (i.e., who is the author or publisher).  The author of the second King site is associated with an organization called Stormfront whose website( has been removed from public access.  Once you've seen the Stormfront homepage shown below, you'll have a pretty good idea as to what's up with the site.




Why would an organization like Stormfront put up a page almost identical (in look) to that of the King Center?  The intent seems to be to cause confusion on Dr. King through the use of  an ad hominem argument (irrelevantly emphasizng his personal flaws in an effort to detract from his public message). 
In addition to possibly confusing the issue of Dr. King, his role in the Civil Rights Movement, and the topic of civil rights in general,  Stormfront's King site looks as though it were a research-oriented page.  This encourages students to use its contents in their research, thus spreading its message under the guise of truth.* 
*Piper, Paul S.  "Web Hoaxes, Counterfeit Sites, and Other Spurious Information on the Internet."  In Web of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet.  Ed. Anne P. Mintz.  Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2002. 3. 


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