This Guide was designed by USC Upstate librarian Laura Karas to help you become aware of the news around you. It is a curated collection of definitions, examples, videos, tools for identification, articles and links from academic libraries discussing Fake News, Bias News, Satirical News, and Propaganda.
This book is a crash course in effective reasoning, meant to catapult you into a world where you start to see things how they really are, not how you think they are. The focus of this book is on logical fallacies, which loosely defined, are simply errors in reasoning. With the reading of each page, you can make significant improvements in the way you reason and make decisions. "Expose an irrational belief, keep a man rational for a day. Expose irrational thinking, and keep a man rational for a lifetime." - Bo Bennett
How to Spot Fake News
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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 search 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 and author to be sure
Check your Biases - Consider if our own beliefs could affect your judgment
Ask the Experts - Ask a Librarian or consult a fact-checking site