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Fact Checking and Media Literacy

Tools for discerning the reliability of news and information.

Gaining Context on Issues

Sometimes it's not as simple as true or false. Here are some resources that provide deeper and broader context on major issues and events — and on the media outlets that report them.

  • AllSides.com
    AllSides displays left, right and center coverage of top news stories side-by-side for perspective. They provide media bias ratings for over 800 media outlets and writers, using transparent scientific methods. Viewers can even join in civic dialog about the issues via AllSides Connect.
  • Media Bias/Fact Check
    Media Bias/Fact Check includes a database of over 3600 media sources. Use the search bar to quickly check the bias of a source. Also includes a pseudoscience dictionary.

Online Resources

The resources below require a library card for use outside the library:

  • CQ Researcher
    This resource provides background for reporters — and you! In-depth coverage and analysis of current events with “Pro/Con” articles written and checked by experts. Shorter "Hot Topics" articles provide updates to the most popular subjects.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    Provides authoritative topic overviews and information for those seeking opinions and perspective on current social issues, with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files, and links to further resources, including additional educator resources to help students and teachers.
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