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Fake News is Bad! Here's How to Watch Out For It

Fact Checking Links

A product of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, this site is terrific for checking up on political claims.

Developed at Stony Brook University, this is designed to help develop critical thinking skills in order to judge the reliability and credibility of information.

Similar to Snopes but tighter in scope, Hoax-Slayer focuses on email hoaxes, identity theft scams and spam.

A professional networking website where you can look up the authors of articles and books to see if they're credible.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Politifact researches the claims of politicians and checks their accuracy.

One of the oldest debunking sites on the Internet, focuses on urban legends, news stories and memes. the also cite their sources at the end of each debunking.

While focused primarily on political facts, it covers specific claims in-depth and with plenty of cross-referencing.

This short, open source book by author Mike Caulfield provides alternative, web-native approaches to news literacy and fact checking.

The Poynter Institute develops resources for journalists and writers, plus offers resources on fact checking and media literacy for the general public.

A nonprofit whose purpose is to provide tools and resources to middle and high school students (and their classrooms) on media literacy

Hoaxy visualizes the spread of claims and related fact checking online. Use Hoaxy to explore how claims spread across social media. Hoaxy is a joint project of the Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI) and the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research (CNetS).

AllSides is a website that rates the bias of news stories and other articles, labeling them according to where they fit on a political spectrum from left to center to right.

News Outlet Codes of Ethics and Standards

One of the ways in which a news source demonstrates its authenticity and responsibility to its readers is through a publicly accessible code of ethics or standards.  A sample of various codes, mission statements and ethics handbooks are listed below.

Senator Bill Dodd on Media Literacy

California State Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) recently introduced a new bill to incorporate media literacy education into school curriculums. Media literacy is the ability to analyze and evaluate information consumed from various media outlets such as websites, social networking sites. television, and radio. Adolescents can spend up to nine hours a day absorbing media from these various sources.

I Saw That on Facebook!

Hillary Clinton and Alien Baby Weekly World News Headline.

Avoid Fake News

Avoid Fake News infographic.

Known Fake, Parodic and Misleading News Sites

Fake News in the News

From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)

How to Spot Fake News Infographic.

OhioLINK Communication Articles in Periodicals & Journals

Off Campus:

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4. Under "Search Options": Select "Full Text" and/or "Scholarly" or "Peer Reviewed" if applicable.

Additional Readings from Academic Studies and News Articles Discussing Fake News