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Evaluation Criteria for Images

Is it an image of X?

First, you want to make sure you found a real image of X place. If you search Google for images, you're not only seeing images from institutions or more official, trustworthy sites, but from everyone putting photos up online.

While it is very possible to create completely fake images, you could also run into ones where they were simply mislabeled out of ignorance, rather than malice.

If you can't determine who is responsible for the image, don't use it.

Double-checking Images

If you have any doubt as to the authenticity of the image, double-check it.