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Research and the Library: Using Resources WISely

This tutorial and module will guide you through the process of library research.

Evaluating Sources

Use this easy to remember test to help you evaluate sources.

Here are some useful fact checking websites to help you evaluate your sources:

Fake News

Consider the Source: Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info. Check the Author: Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real? Check the Date: Reposting old news stories doesn't mean they're relevant to curent events. Check Your Biases: Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgement. Read Beyond: Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What's the whole story? Supporting Source: Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually suports the story. Is It a Joke? If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure. Ask the Experts: Ask a Librarian, or consult a fact-checking site. 


Top 3 Checks You Should Ask About EVERY Source. Visual Check: Look at the background and site layout. Is it well made? Are there ads from products your cognize? Does the title use CAPS? Avoid headlines that provoke strong emotions. Site Check: Check the web address. Be careful of URLs that are similar to popular news sources (i.e. Check the "About Us" section on a website. Who wrote the information? Is it biased? Fact Check: Are other sources covering the story? If not, then it's most likely not accurate. Read reputable and multiple sources. Are there links in the article to other sources?

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