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Fake News

A collection of resources to assist readers and researchers in spotting fake news and fake news sources.

Fact-checking resources

These sources can help you verify the truth or falsity of specific claims.

News sources

Verifying information using databases

Often social media and traditional media will report on an academic study. The accuracy of these reports can vary. The conclusions of a study may be misreported, either because the writer misinterpreted, or intentionally for "click bait" purposes. It can be difficult to verify the claims made in the media, because the original study is not linked or widely available.

The library has access to hundreds of article databases with full text of academic studies. If you are interested whether the media are reporting a study accurately, you can find it in one of these databases. Ask a librarian for help in using the databases.