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The oldest and largest fact-checking site online. Documents their fact-checking and original reporting to enable readers to conduct their own additional research.
Fact-checking site that evaluates the claims of politicians and other public figures in order to measure how grounded those statements are in facts.
A collection of media organizations developing transparency standards to help combat fake news.
Political claims are evalutated for accuracy. Annenberg Public Policy Center
CRAAP Test Tutorial
The CRAAP test is especially useful for first-year students and other beginner researchers. This video tutorial walks students through the process of evaluating websites for information and how to get better results out of Google.
CRAAP Test Hanout
This handout can be used as a checklist for evaluating websites for research.
Reverse Image Searching
Always look at the images that accompany news articles.
What are you meant to see when you look at this?
Next, save a copy of this image on your desktop:
Open up Google Image Search on a new screen and drag the picture file on the search bar to search for it.
Has this photo been used before?
Can you figure out when it was originally taken?
Tips for spotting bad science
Tips for Analyzing News Sources
Whenever you find a news articles, there are three kinds of checks you should perform. If you don't feel comfortable answering any of these questions or don't know the answer, consider finding a new source or talking to a librarian for help.
- Look at the background & site layout. Is it well made?
- Are there ads from products you recognize?
- Does the title use CAPS?
- Avoid headlines that provoke strong emotions.
- Check the web address. Be careful of URLs that are similar to popular news sources with the wrong domain (i.e. ".com.co" instead of ".com").
- Check the "About Us" section on the website.
- Who wrote the information? Is it biased?
- Are other sources covering the story? If not, then it's most likely not accurate.
- Read reputable & multiple sources.
- Are there links in the article to other sources? Try to find the original article or source being quoted.
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