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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

This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States license.

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.



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.