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WAK PHI 244: Environmental Ethics, Finding News Articles

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This page includes an infographic designed to help spot fake news, but these strategies can be used to evaluate any news article to make sure its quality.  There is also a short video on evaluating sources (not just news sources), a link to an article with additional tips and a list of fact-checking websites to double check articles and claims.

Evaluating Sources Tutorial

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Thank you to the NCSU Libraries for creating and sharing this tutorial.

Evaluating Articles/Tips to Avoid Fake News

Even if you got your article from a reputable news source and are sure it isn't "fake news,"  it is important to evaluate your article.  The following steps can help you determine the quality of your news article.

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How to Spot Fake News:

Consider the Source - Click away from the story to investigate the site, it's mission and its contact info.

Read Beyond - Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get click.  What's the whole story?

Check the Author - Do a quick search of the author.  Are they credible?  Are they real?

Supporting Sources? - 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 judgment.

Ask the Experts - Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking website.