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Evaluation of Fake News: Spotting Fake News

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Fake News Finder

Fact-Checking Sites and Plug-Ins


This guide was originally produced at Harvard and adapted for the Mount.  We thank them.

Library Resources

Using library databases is a near-foolproof way to find credible information.

News databases:

 U.S. government information and background:


Reports from Harvard and other universities:

Fake news and the spread of misinformation

From the Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, links to peer-reviewed articles.

NiemanReports: Election '16: Lessons for Journalism

From the Nieman Foundation at Harvard; several articles on fake news and news literacy

Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning

Stanford University study on high school and college students (lack of) news literacy

Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content: How News Websites Spread (and Debunk) Online Rumors, Unverified Claims and Misinformation

Report from Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University

Selected News Articles:

Media's Next Challenge: Overcoming the Threat of Fake News (New York Times)

For the 'new yellow journalists', opportunity comes in clicks and bucks (Washington Post)

This Analysis Shows How Fake Election News Stories Outperformed Real News On Facebook (Buzzfeed)

Sites for Journalists:


Journalist's Toolbox

More Fact-checking Sites

Browser Plug-ins:

Identifying Fake News Sites:

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