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Fake News: Check Your Own Claim

Practice Makes Perfect

Use the tips throughout this LibGuide to check your own claim, or use one of the claims listed below for practice.  Remember, fake news articles may fall under multiple categories and might even mix in a few facts amid their falsehoods.

Quick and Simple Debunking Exercise

Compare these two links.  Which one do you think is true?  Why or why not?
1 - Eat This Not That: Shocking Facts About Farmed Salmon
2 - Washington State Department of Health: Farmed vs. Wild Salmon

Select a Claim to Examine

Other Tips for Fact Checking and Avoiding Fake News

  1. When you open up a news article in your browser, open a second, empty tab.  Use that second window to look up claims, author credentials and organizations that you come across in the article.
  2. Fake news spans across all kinds of media - printed and online articles, podcasts, YouTube videos, radio shows, even still images. Be prepared to double-check everything.
  3. Learn to distinguish opinions from news. Even real news sources dedicate spaces to people's opinions of news stories. In newspapers, these sections may be called “editorials,” “letters to the editor,” “op-eds,” or “opinion.” You may agree with the opinions presented there, or they may contextualize the facts for you in a way that makes sense. However, this does not make such opinions true. Ask yourself: How might "the other side" present the same facts?
  4. As Mad-Eye Moody said in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"Constant Vigilance!"  Always be ready to fact check.
  5. Even the best researchers will be fooled once in a while.  If you find yourself fooled by a fake news story, use your experience as a learning tool.

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The contents of this page were created by KT Lowe at Indiana University East and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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