Library Research Guide
Some news is intentionally fake (satire, hoaxes). Other news aims to be real. The creator, author, journalist, director, editor, publisher, producer, and sharer each have an opportunity to contribute a perspective or bias on their news products.
Wondering to what extent fake news infiltrated your social media? Fakebook now offers an option to check if you followed any accounts from the Internet Research Agency (aka Russian bots.)
2. Visit websites that investigate news stories and urban legends. We link to sites that not only investigate the stories, they provide you with enough information that you can fact check their fact checking.
3. Conduct your own research.
Google the article (or use other Internet search tool)
Google the author
Google the facts
Fact check photos and other media using these sources. Some fake news stories use photos or videos that are old, are from other events, or have nothing to do with the article. Investigating where the photo or videos appeared before can uncover these discrepancies.
Search for other photos of the event or person. Other photos may offer a different perspective or provide context.
Simple search options include:
More advanced researchers can try:
Avoid searching with keywords that make assumptions like:
Search engines from Google to databases try to match your search terms. A source may discuss your topic but not appear in the search results (or high up in the search results) if it does not use the same words you do.
More neutral keywords are: