How can I find information on fake news?

How can I determine if an article is fake news?

Last Updated: Mar 26, 2021     Views: 123

Trying to determine if what you are reading is fake news? Take a look at our page on Evaluating Sources.

The International Federal of Library Associations website is also useful, as it gives a breakdown on how to spot fake news.

If you are writing about the current issue of fake news, start your research in the database Opposing Viewpoints in Context.

You can find this database on the Library’s homepage under Popular Databases.

Copy and paste this search into the search box: 

Fake news in social media

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

A broader search would be to just enter:

fake news

You may need to scroll through the results to find information that is applicable to your focus. You can use the links on the page to limit the results to magazines, academic articles, videos, or more. Also, check out the FAQ on Social Media for more information.


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