How can I find information on fake news?

How can I determine if an article is fake news?

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2023     Views: 159

For this GEN/200 assignment, you have been asked to evaluate two sources from at least two databases in the University Library. EBSCOhost and ProQuest are the most popular databases in the University Library. Another resource to try is Opposing Viewpoints in Context. All three can be found through the library homepage under the Research Databases heading in the middle of the page.

We suggest searching in Opposing Viewpoints in Context first. Copy and paste this search into the search box:

"fake news on social media"

This will provide you with an overview of the topic with different types of content, such as Viewpoints for pro/con type articles, Magazines, or Reference. Once a content type is selected, you can click on the Subjects box on the right side of the page to further narrow results.

Also, try these searches separately:

"fake news" AND misinformation

"fake news" AND influence

You can try similar searches in both EBSCOhost and ProQuest. Keep in mind this will typically result in many articles. You can use the limiters on the left to help narrow the results.

Tip: As you type fake news in the search box, suggested topics will be listed in a drop-down menu. You can scroll down and select one to see those results.

The International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions also shows how to spot fake news. Also, check out our FAQ on Social Media for more information.

This will get you started on the topic, but to take your search to the next level, check out our guides:


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