Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

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

This guide is intended to serve you as a "toolkit" to help you evaluate fact from fiction, journalism from agenda

Quick guide handout from the library

Untangling disinformation

Audio below is part of a series from National Public Radio, March 2021

Start here: Sites for checking facts and media bias

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

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.

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.

CC BY SA license

Except where otherwise noted, the content in these guides by Tacoma Community College Library is licensed under CC BY SA 4.0.
This openly licensed content allows others to cite, share, or modify this content, with credit to TCC Library. When reusing or adapting this content, include this statement in the new document: This content was originally created by Tacoma Community College Library and shared with a CC BY SA 4.0 license.

Tacoma Community College Library - Building 7, 6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466 - P. 253.566.5087