Fake News: Fake news

student guide for detecting fake news and finding reliable information

Protect yourself from lies and hoaxes with these steps:

1.  Take a second look!  Watch for these red flags    red flag

  • strange web address (example abcnews.com.co)
  • no listing of the source of the picture or information
  • logic-defying pictures or text
2.  Do a web search to find other sources for the story.  But be careful!  There may be lots of sites that link to the original fake site, so unless you find the story in a trusted site, keep investigating.
3.  Look for the story in a trusted fact checking site. (See below.)
4.  Do a Google reverse image search to look for the original source of a picture.  
5.  Look for the story in a trusted news source. (See next tab.)  
6.  Use your own critical thinking skills. Does this story really make sense?

Fact checking resources

Source evaluation resources

7 Types of Mis- and Disinformation

7 types of mis- and dis-information graphic


From Information Disorder, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School


Tips for detecting fake news

How to spot fake news chart

From the International Federation of Library Associations 


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