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Evaluating Sources: Fake News and Bias

Guide to understanding "scholarly sources" and evaluating academic quality.

Fact Checking

Fact-checking is the act of verifying information in non-fictional text in order to determine its veracity and correctness. (Wikipedia, 5/27/2020)

Fake News

What is Fake News?

According to Wikipedia, "fake news" consists of deliberate disinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional news media (print and broadcast) or online social media... usually with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically, often using sensationalist, dishonest, or outright fabricated headlines to increase readership... Publishing a story with false content that attracts users benefits advertisers and improves ratings. (Wikipedia, 5/27/2020)

How does one spot Fake News?

Similar to evaluating scholarly academic sources, critical thinking is required to evaluate news sources for reliability.

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