Using Google Books to Track Down Quotes

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Quotes are the internet are some of the most commonly faked content. People misattribute quotes to give them significance, or fabricate controversial quotes to create controversy. So we go to Google Books ( and we pick out just a short snippet of unique phrasing. 

Click through to the book to check the quote and then sort out the date later. Clicking through the book we find whether the quote is accurate. More importantly we find the surrounding context and can determine whether this quote is not being taken out of context.

- from Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers by Mike Caulfield, B:B+A16+B:B,B:B

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