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Evaluating News: Know Your News

This LibGuide was created to help you evaluate the news around you, teach you to identify Fake News, Bias News, Satirical News and Propaganda

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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.

Know different types of misleading and false news

News Types Infographic see box below for text

Logically Fallacious

VIDEO: Logical Fallacies Morris Library

How to Spot Fake News

How to spot fake news info graphic see below for text

Smart Test your News see below for transcript

Transcript of above InfoGraphic

  • 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

Other Helpful InfoGraphic/ Handouts