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How to Recognize Fake News
Evaluating Sources/Distinguishing Popular from Scholarly Sources
UCB Library guide to Evaluating Sources, includes tips for looking at any potential information source:
- Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view?
- Purpose - Why was the source created? Who is the intended audience?
- Publication & format - Where was it published? In what medium?
- Relevance - How is it relevant to your research? What is its scope?
- Date of publication - When was it written? Has it been updated?
- Documentation - Did they cite their sources? Who did they cite?
See the guide for more, including distinguishing popular versus scholarly sources.
Tools for Learning More
Tools for Bursting Your Filter Bubble
Tools to help you read beyond the narrow perspective of your pre-existing political perspective.
AlllSides Bias Ratings
The AllSides link lists its ratings of various news media/sites: Left, Center, Right and displays users' ratings of the same sites.
WhoIs allows you to look up the owner of an Internet domain.
Hoaxy visualizes how fake news stories and fact-checking stories spread on social media. Hoaxy is a project of the Indiana University Network Science Institute and the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research.