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Fake News: Evaluating & Fact Checking

This guide will show you how to evaluate news sources for credibility and accuracy.

Stay ALERT for Fake News

Fake news isn't always easy to spot.

Be prepared to fact-check claims that you come across, and pay close attention to where the information is coming from.  The tips and tricks on this page will help you to learn how to identify bias as well as how to evaluate news articles and sites.

Evaluating Sources for Credibility



Fact Checking Sites

Fact-checking websites can help you investigate claims to help you determine whether what you hear or read is true. These resources can help you determine the legitimacy of a claim -- but even fact-checking websites should be examined critically!

-  A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center that checks the accuracy of political statements, news, and claims


-  Run by the Tampa Bay Times (which is owned by journalism school the Poynter Institute), this site checks and ranks political claims

-  This site, which has operated since 1995, fact-checks urban legends, rumors, and news

Washington Post Fact Checker

-  Fact checks political and governmental topics

Truth be Told

-  This site is hosted by the Howard University Department of Media, Journalism and Film

NPR Fact Check

-  Fact checking from National Public Radio

Verification Handbook: An ultimate guideline on digital age sourcing

-  Produced in the Netherlands, this handbook is a guide for checking digital content, and was initially created for journalists and emergency first-responders


- NewsGuard uses trained journalists and experienced editors to rate and review thousands of news and information websites based on nine journalistic criteria—such as whether the site regularly publishes false content, reveals conflicts of interest, discloses financing, or publicly corrects reporting errors.  Then each news website gets a trustworthiness “grade” and is assigned a green or red check-mark.

How to Check for Fake News

Other Fact Checking Tools



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