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“Fake news is written and published with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially or politically, often with sensationalist, exaggerated, or patently false headlines that grab attention.” ~ Wikipedia

How To Spot Fake News

Consider the Source

Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission, and its contact info.

Read Beyond

Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What's the whole story?

Check the Author

Do a quick check on 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 ant the author to be sure. 

Check Your Biases

Consider if your own beliefs could effect your judgment.

Ask the Experts

As a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site.

Adopted from International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions