Skip to main content
Library Locations | Ask a Librarian | CCSF Home

The Election and Beyond: Spot Fake News

There has been a lot of talk about the influence fake news had on voters.  So what is fake news anyway?  As its name implies, it is news stories that were made up to attract and influence readers. This is an old trick, but its appearance in social media - especially Facebook - has created a new twist.  People posting fake stories are also doing so because they make money from advertisers for every click their articles get.


The Pope endorsed Trump.  Clinton sold guns to ISIS.  Trump called Republicans stupid.  ALL FAKE NEWS.


This will help you learn how to avoid being tricked by fake newsters.


This guide is being built by the Library with the help of the CCSF community.  Please send comments and suggestions about things that you would like to see included in this list.  


Remember, when in doubt, ask a librarian!  

Talk to a Librarian 24-7

At the Library


Check Facts & Identify Bias

Evaluating Information -
By the librarians at CCSF.   Recommended


Looks at the treatment of the same current news stories and issues from media sources considered conservative, centrist, and liberal. Helps readers identify bias and avoid polarization.

By - A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.


Author:  CNet |How to identify and avoid websites that just want show you ads next to untrue “news” articles.


Meet the Professor Who is Trying to Help you Steer Clear of Click Bait

By: By Nadia Dreid, Chronicle of Higher Education.  11/17/2016


Fake news, ads dupe Internet-savvy students, study finds

By Marissa Lang : The San Francisco Chronicle, 11/21/2016.


Learn More

How to Shake Up Your Echo Chamber - podcast


What is your favorite news source?
NY Times, Washington Post, etc.: 2 votes (28.57%)
Major television channels: 2 votes (28.57%)
Public radio/television: 1 votes (14.29%)
Facebook, social media: 0 votes (0%)
Alternate media sources: 0 votes (0%)
Non-English news sources: 0 votes (0%)
Internet: 0 votes (0%)
Conversations with friends: 0 votes (0%)
No favorite, multiple sources: 2 votes (28.57%)
Total Votes: 7

Copyright Notice

Library & Learning Resources, City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112 (415) 452-5541