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Evaluate Information and Fake News: Get Media Literate & Understand Fake News

Things to Consider

  • Fake news can destroy your credibility
    • If your arguments are built on bad information, it will be much more difficult for people to believe you in the future.
  • Fake news can hurt you, and a lot of other people.  Purveyors of fake and misleading medical advice like and help perpetuate myths.

As Mad-Eye Moody said in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, "Constant Vigilance!"

  • What is the main idea of the article? What is the point this article is trying to make? Was it easy to find? Does the title of the article make sense? 
  • How does the article make you feel? What kind of language is being used -- does it provoke anger or another emotion? Are the images positive or negative? Do you see lots of exclamation points and bolded words? 
  • Does this article provide evidence for its claims, and is that evidence from reliable sources?  Are you able to independently verify them?

Published newspapers go through a fact checking process that while not perfect, provides more confidence than random websites and blogs. 

Click the link below to see MC Library's newspaper databases including historical newspapers.  

Fact Checking Sites & Examples

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Learn more about media bias using the website linked below.

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