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How to Evaluate Information Sources

Viewers will learn which criteria to use to evaluate resources

News Literacy - Stony Brook

News Literacy. Digital Resource Center. Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University. Digital Resources Center.  The 14 Lessons  This course pack consists of lessons that can be taught in sequence or separately and cover topics such as verification, fairness and balance, bias, etc. This material is the basis for the Coursera course (above) on news literacy.

A worksheet for evaluating sources

Need to Evaluate a Source? Try a Worksheet - Evaluating Web Sites: A Checklist (UMUC)

Articles about "Fake News"

Bilton, Ricardo (2017, February 2). Reddit’s /r/worldnews community used a series of nudges to push users to fact-check suspicious news [An approach to checking for fake news: A combination of fact-checking, rating news sources - using algorithms and users. Full report of this study]

Dewey, C. (2016, November 17).  Facebook face-news writer: 'I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me.'  The Washington Post. [One of many articles about Paul Horner, a comedian who makes money by posting fake news on Facebook. Where does the money come from?? Ads!]

Domonoske, C. (2016, November 23). Students have a dismaying inability to tell fake news from real, study finds.    

Downes, Stephen. (2016, November 21). Post truth and fake news [Blog post]. [Stephen Downes is an Canadian educator.In 1995 he put out a website on logical fallacies that is archived in various places on the Web.  See  (I hope he is being facetious about taking down satirical sites like The Onion.)  ]

Drobnic Holan, A. (2016, December 13).  Politifact lie of the year: Fake news.  Politifact. 

​Gershon, L. (2016, November 16).  Ninteenth-century clickbait.  JSTOR Daily.   [Fake and/or misleading information is not necessarily a new phenomenon.]

Journalists Resource Center.  Fake news and the spread of mis-information [Compiled by JRC writer: Denise-Marie Ordway ]
Kang, C. (2016, November 21).  Fake news onslaught targets pizzeria as nest of child-traffickingNew York Times [Comet Ping Pong, Pizzagate]
Maheshwair, S. (2016, November  11).  How fake news goes viral:  A case study.  New York Times.

McCoy, T.  (2016, November 20).  For the 'new yellow journalists,' opportunity comes in clicks and bucks. The Washington Post. [“LibertyWritersNews illustrates how websites can use Facebook to tap into a surging ideology, quickly go from nothing to influencing millions of people and make big profits in the process.”]

Reader, R. (2016, November 18).  How we got to post-truth.  Fast Company.  [A “long read” about the problem of fake news passed around during the 2016 presidential election.]

Shane, S. (2017, January 18).  From headline to photograph, a fake news masterpieceNew York Times

Siddiqui, F., & Svrluga, S. (2016, December 4).  N.C. man told D. C. pollice he went to D.C. pizzeria with gun to investigate conspiracy theory.  The Washington Post. [Comet Ping Pong, Pizzagate]

Tiffany, K. (2016, November 16).  In the war on fake news, school librarians have a huge role to play. The Verge

Wardle, C. (2016, November 18).  6 types of misinformation circulated this election season.  Columbia Journalism Review

Williamson, Vanessa and Norman Elsen. (2017, February 8).  We were the victims of fake news. [These researchers from the Brookings Institute report of a website called Center for Global Strategic Monitoring, which has been using names of research experts on articles that they did not write. These authors remind readers to look for and notice typos, grammatical errors, lack of indentifiable contact information, etc.]

Woolf, C. (2016, November 16). Kids in Macedonia made up and circulated many false news stories in the US election. PRI's The World. [Why did kids in Macedonia make up false news stories?  Money!  Where does the money come from? Ads!]


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