Not just in newspapers or on TV, fake news also appears in social media and other online formats. Here are tips and resources to help you recognize it.
Fake News is a REAL Problem
A guide from University of Virginia Library.
Here are eight simple steps you can take to help determine the accuracy of a particular news item. From the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) "How to Spot Fake News" infographic.
Consider the Source
Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.
Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What's the whole story?
Check the Author
Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real?
Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually supports the story.
Check the Date
Reposting old news stories doesn't mean they're relevant to current events.
Is it a Joke?
If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure.
Check Your Biases
Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgement.
Ask the Experts
Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site.