There are times when you can’t find something that you know was available online in the past. In cases like this, dead websites are an often overlooked research tool. In addition to being fun to look at, many of them contain functioning links to PDFs, images, and other files that are still relevant today.
Presidential candidates (some more than others) make hundreds of exaggerated, misleading, outdated, or downright false claims during the course of their campaigns. Assessing the accuracy of these claims is not always a quick endeavour. The process can involve digging around for data, contacting individuals, finding news stories, and comparing numerous reports and studies. And all that can be for just one claim. Repeating this process for several claims could get time-consuming.
Luckily, political fact-checking has grown over the last several election cycles. In fact, between 2008 and 2012, the number of fact-check news stories increased by more than 300 percent. Three of the biggest fact-checking sites are Fact Checker, Politifact and FactCheck.org.