As a community college library, we are NOT a fact-checking service. Through this guide, TCC librarians provide instruction, resources, and tips for our students, and for others to practice their own skills in fact-checking, evaluating sources, and detecting media bias.
START HERE: Sites you can use to check facts and media bias
A non-partisan website where "Internet users can quickly and easily get information about eRumors, fake news, disinformation, warnings, offers, requests for help, myths, hoaxes, virus warnings, and humorous or inspirational stories that are circulated by email."
Scroll down to page 3 of this Google Doc to check your sources against the continuously updated list (900+ and counting!) of news sources that are fake, clickbait-y, conspiracy-theorist, or satirical. The list of sources is arranged alphabetically.
"Confirmation bias is the tendency for people to selectively search for and consider information that confirms already held beliefs. People also tend to reject evidence that contradicts their opinions." This page has some examples of confirmation bias.
Clear and quick tips for how to detect fake news, from the Fact Checker section of the Washington Post: "When you read them [articles], pay attention to the following signs that the article may be fake. There are fake news stories generated by both left-leaning and right-leaning websites, and the same rules apply to both."
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).
Playlist of 10+ short videos with innovative graphics, last updated 2020. Includes videos on: fact checking, evaluating evidence, evaluating photos, and more. Crash Course videos are high-quality, with a mix of live-action and animated graphics. Not openly licensed but you can link/embed them in Canvas courses.
Playlist of 12+ short videos with innovative graphics, last updated 2020. Includes videos on: history of media literacy, media influence & persuasion, online advertising, the darker side of media, and more. Crash Course videos are high-quality, with a mix of live-action and animated graphics. Not openly licensed but you can link/embed them in Canvas courses.
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