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Fact Checking

Resources to support assessing the factual accuracy of claims.

Media skills to help you spot fake news

How to spot fake news  Consider the source  Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.  Read beyond  Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What's the whole story?  Check the author  Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real?  Supporting sources?  Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually supports the story.  Check the date  Reposting old news stories doesn't mean they're relevant to current events.  Is it a joke?  If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure.  Check your biases  Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgement.  Ask the experts  Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site.  By IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). (2020, July 10). How to spot fake news [Infographic]. IFLA.

Evaluating information resources (the CRAAP Test)

McMaster Libraries. (2015, January 23). How Library Stuff Works: How to Evaluate Resources (the CRAAP Test) [Video]. YouTube.

Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers [e-book]