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Fake news, fact-checking, and bias: How to check for facts, bias, and fake news

Resources and tips for how to evaluate news sources -- in other words, how to tell the fake news from the real news.

Sites for checking media bias and facts

Don't get caught using a fake news source! Doublecheck your sources against these lists of fake and/or otherwise unreliable "news" sources:

Quick guide handout from the library

Why Fact Check?

"It's more important than ever to be critical online."

Watch this short video (1 min, 33 sec) to compare real-life experiences with and without fact-checking. Video developed by Swedish fact checker Viralgranskaren and IIS (The Internet Foundation In Sweden).


Source: "Fact checking online is more important than ever," uploaded by MetroSverige, 2016, Standard YouTube License.

Tips for How to Recognize a Fake News Story

In a Huffington Post story from November 2016, the author lists nine things to look for to help determine if a news story is real or fake:

How to Recognize a Fake News Story"1. Read Past The Headline 2. Check What News Outlet Published It  3. Check The Publish Date And Time 4. Who Is The Author? 5. Look At What Links And Sources Are Used 6. Look Out For Questionable Quotes And Photos 7. Beware Confirmation Bias From Washington to the campaign trail, get the test politics news. 8. Search If Other News Outlets Are Reporting It 9. Think Before You Share

Image source:  "How To Recognize A Fake News Story" by Nick Robins-Early, Huffington Post, Nov. 22, 2016.

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