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Library Research Tutorial: Spot Fake News

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How to Spot Fake News

How to spot fake news

8 Tips for Spotting Fake News

  1. Consider the Source: Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.

  2. Check the Author: Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real? 

  3. Read Beyond: Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What’s the whole story?

  4. Check the Date: Reposting old news stories doesn’t mean they’re relevant to current events.

  5. Check Your Biases: Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgment. 

  6. Supporting Sources: Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually supports the story.

  7. Is It a Joke?: If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure.

  8. Ask the Experts: Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site. 

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