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Fake News and Fact Checking: Fake News

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"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."  - Aldous Huxley, Proper Studies

Fake news is no joke. It spreads lies and misinformation, making for an uninformed and confused nation. This guide will help you better understand the phenomenon of fake news and undertake ways to combat fake news. Having an informed citizenry that can sort facts from falsehood and knows how to fact check claims, is vital to a thriving democracy. 

The information literacy work we do on campus, both in the library and beyond, teaches the skills needed for both scholarly research and lifelong learning: check the source to see when and where it was published, investigate the author(s) to evaluate their expertise, read broadly to see how others are discussing the same issue or facts. For more information on conducting academic research, please consult our Doing Research guide. If you have any questions about fake news or want to consult about the issue, any of our librarians would be happy to help.

How to Spot Fake News

OTM Consumer Handbook: Fake News Edition

On the Media, a radio program and podcast that covers media issues, published this guide in 2016 and has some handy suggestions for thinking about dubious "news" that comes to you through social media channels.

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Fake News Edition

Books in the Library - Fake News

Which News Sources Should I Follow?

Fight Fake News. Know Who Is Reputable.

Determining the "best" sources to read will always have some degree of subjectivism, but there are tools to help you understand the bias of specific news sources. Visit the Interactive Media Bias Chart for the most up-to-date chart and to investigate the perspectives and reliability of numerous sites.

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