Because it sure isn’t going to fact check itself …
Some free, handy sites for fact checking (that aren’t Google or Wikipedia):
- the CIA World Factbook
- UNDP’s Human Development Indicators (ranks countries by various means such as GDP, gender equality, or access to water)
- www.politifact.com (independent site that fact checks political news coverage in the U.S.)
- https://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/companysearch.html (Form 10K, the audited annual report, is probably what you are looking for when researching a company that trades in the U.S.; don’t forget that every publicly-traded company in the world also has an annual report to shareholders posted on its website.)
- If you are trying to hunt down information about privately-held companies and their owners, Forbes does a lot of great research that, having worked there in the past, I would absolutely vouch for.
- www.xe.com is an online currency converter; www.oanda.com/currency/historical-rates/ for historical conversions (remember currency exchange rates are constantly fluctuating!)
- www.census.gov is HIGHLY addictive, so be warned. Go in with your question firmly in mind or an hour later you will find yourself comparing Internet access rates by income between New York City and L.A.
- The UN’s Cartographic Section for all of your politically-correct geographical fact checking needs.