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Fake News: Getting Started

Tips and resources to sharpen your critical thinking skills when it comes to facts and false information.

Getting Started

How can I tell if the article I'm reading is true and unbiased?

Click on the tab Fact Checking to learn how to review an article for signs of fakery and bias.  Click on the Checking Articles tab to see what criteria you should test articles against.


 

How can I tell if the news story I saw on Facebook is accurate?

Click on the tab Fighting Fake News for information about fake news sites.  Click on the Fact Checking tab for websites dedicated to testing whether claims and stories are true.
 

What logical fallacies do fake news articles employ?

Click on the tab Common Logical Fallacies for examples of fallacies used in fake news.
 

What should I look for in articles?

Click on the tab Checking Articles for a guide detailing what you should do before relying on articles, even in our online databases.

Fake News in the News

EXAMPLES:  When fake news becomes the real news!

Satire as "News"

Not all Fake News is Malicious

Some "Fake News" is meant as entertainment or to cast a critical eye on real news.  Satirical sites such as The Onion and The Borowitz Report are meant to be funny but can also hold up a mirror to real news, issues, and government.

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