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Fake News and Disinformation Guide

Fact Checking Websites

Logo for Snopes websiteSnopes
The oldest and largest fact-checking website (operating since 1994), Snopes is a well-known and respected for its evidence-based research and contextualization of articles.

Logo for Ad Fontes MediaAd Fontes Media
It's name meaning "to the source" in Latin, this company rates new content for bias and reliability. They are also the creators of the Media Bias Chart (see "Fake News and Journalism").

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A project by the Annenburg Public Policy Center, their mission is to reduce the amount of misinformation and confusion related to U.S. politics.

A national media watch group since 1984, their mission is to scrutinize modern media practices and advocate for journalists and diversity in media.

Logo for PolitiFactPolitiFact
Started in 2007, this website looks at statements made by politicians and rates them for accuracy with their own Truth-o-Meter.

About This Guide

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Welcome to the Fake News and Disinformation LibGuide! As library staff, we are committed to helping our patrons navigate the world of information around us. In the last few years, fake news and disinformation has become a great challenge for those trying to get reputable and correct information. 

The goal of this guide is to:

  • Explain what fake news and disinformation is and how it spreads.
  • Explain how journalism, social media networks, and images/videos are affected by disinformation.
  • Provide you with fact-checking strategies for your daily life.
  • Provide you with resources to educate yourself further on this issue.

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