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The Truth: How to Identify Fake News & Distinguish Fact from Opinion: Verify & Evaluate All Sources

Evaluate All Information Sources

Check all sources for:

  • Currency
  • Relevance
  • Authority
  • Accuracy
  • Purpose

Select Information from Published Sources

Use information from reputable, published sources. 

  • The information provided in library databases and books has been through the publishing process, unlike much of the information on the Internet
  • Published information has been verified prior to publication and should be accurate
  • However, any information created by human beings could be mistaken, so
    • Evaluate all information

Recognize Fake News

Source:  IFLA

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users:

Fact Checking Resources

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Tips for Identifying Fake News

"Melissa Zimdars, assistant professor of communication and media at Merrimack College, has made a list of more than a hundred problematic news sites, along with tips for sorting the truthful from the troublesome. She talks . . . about how to be a savvy news consumer in a misinformation-filled world."