Evaluating News Sources

Identifying fake, misleading, and biased news sources.


magnifiying glass iconFalse, misleading, and biased news sources have been a problem for many years, but have received special attention recently.  You need to be an information detective and actively question the news sources that you see.

Evaluating News Interactive Lesson

Evaluating News screenshotEvaluating News Sources If you're like most people, you have no shortage of news articles reaching you each day. Whether retrieved via traditional channels (such as newsprint, radio or television) or shared via social media outlets, how confident are you in your ability to distinguish objective, reputable articles from those that are biased or more questionable? Test your evaluation skills in this interactive lesson.

How to Evaluate News Sources


How to Spot Fake News from IFLA is a basic checklist. PDF version.

How to spot fake news infographic


Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Fake News Edition from On The Media is another approach to evaluation. Text version (pdf).

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Fake News

General Source Evaluation

General approaches to evaluating information sources:

Reliability of sources tutorial screenshotReliability of Sources discusses what makes information reliable and explores one model for evaluating reliability (CRAAP). You'll learn to point out and apply criteria that can be used to judge the reliability of information.

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