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News Literacy & Alternative Facts: How to Be a Responsible Information Consumer

Feeling overwhelmed by unreliable news and information? The library is here to help!

Tools for Verification

Looking for some basic tools to help you verify, cross-check, and compare content you see online to avoid spreading fake news?  Here are a few basic open access resources to get you started:

Fact Checkers

Verify Webpage History

Check Author's Credentials

Verify Images

Found an image you think may have been manipulated or photo-shopped? Use these tools to check for any digital changes:

Source: William H. Hannon Library. (2017). Tools for verifying.

Things to Consider

Source: IFLA. (2017). How to spot fake news [Online image].

Additional Tips

Source: WNYC. (2013). Breaking news consumer's handbook: Fake news edition [Online image].

Evaluating a Report

Online tools can be helpful, but nothing is more important than developing your own ability to think critically about news and information sources.  Still unsure of what questions you should ask when evaluating a news report?  The Indiana University East Campus Library has provided an excellent example of how to evaluate a news claim from an online source.  In the example below, see how the IUE Campus Library evaluated a claim that the earth is hollow.  

Source: Indiana University East Campus Library. (2017). Let's check a claim.

Created By:

Alicia Vaandering, 2/2017

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