Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

How to Recognize Fake News: Home

How to Recognize Fake News

The purpose of this guide is to give you an understanding of how to evaluate news sources.  It will help you understand what is credible information and what isn't.  You will learn what sources are legitimate and what aren't. This will help you to do proper research.

How to Recognize Fake News

Some tips

Sometimes it is relatively easy to recognize fake news, but sometimes it is necessary to do a little work to determine whether a news story in print, online, or on social media is real news or not.

Your librarians can help you to evaluate your sources, but the strategies listed below can help you recognize fake news.

The following are a few tips from your Library on how you can determine in your research and in real life to find out if what you are reading actual fact.

  • If a news story looks legitimate, check other news sources to see if the story is carried there too.
  • If a news story seems unlikely, check it against a reliable source.
  • If a news story seems overly dire or scary, check it against a reliable source.
  • If a news story is based on a survey, statistic, or poll, check the source to see if it is reliable.
  • Check the website – Click on “about us” or “who we are” to get more information on the source.
  • Check the URL – sometimes a different extension or a minor difference in spelling will indicate an unreliable, unscrupulous, or satirical website.
  • Check the URL – a typo or misspelling can take you to an entirely different website.
  • Try to get your news from a variety of sources you know to be reliable. If you know one or more additional languages, try to get your news from those perspectives as well.

When in doubt, check with a librarian.