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URI Libraries Guide for Voting

This is a voting guide for the URI community.

The Importance of Being an Informed Voter

When you vote, whether it's in-person or through an absentee or mail ballot, you want to make sure that you are knowledgeable about the candidates and understand the issues that you're voting on.  In short, you want to be an informed voter.

To be an informed voter, you need to be to recognize real news from the fake and to navigate political rhetoric.  This page will give you some resources for evaluating news and information sources.  You may also find it useful to check out following resources from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Fact-Checking Sites

Have you seen a report that seems either too good or too crazy to be true?  Chances are that it might be.  Use these reliable fact-checking sites to verify the information you read and share.

Other Useful Guides and Information

Tips for Finding Reliable News

What to do:

1. Read, watch, and listen very widely.  You may want to check out this media bias chart from Ad Fontes Media to see where your favorite news sources lie in respect to reliability (vertical axis) and bias (horizontal axis).

2. See the list below for some generally reliable sources that are mostly open access resources.  *Note that some sites have limits on the number of articles you can freely access per month.

3. Recognize that even typically reliable sources, whether mainstream or alternative, corporate or nonprofit, rely on particular media frames to report stories.  They select stories based on different notions of newsworthiness.

4. Be critical of the sources you share and engage with on social media.

What to avoid:

1. Fake, false, and regularly misleading sites that evoke an emotional response by using distorted headlines and decontextualized or dubious information in order to generate likes, shares, or profits. Examples:

2. Websites that may circulate misleading and/or potentially unreliable information.  Examples:

3. Websites that use clickbait-y headlines and social media descriptions.  Examples:

4. Purposefully fake satire/comedy sites that can offer critical commentary on politics and society but have the potential to be shared as actual/literal news.  Examples:

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