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Evaluating Sources

This guide explains how to evaluate media/news sources and internet sources, as well as provides useful resources to help you critically evaluate information.

Fake News- What is It?

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, fake news is defined as “false stories that appear to be news, spread on the internet or using other media, usually created to influence political views or as a joke.”

Useful Fact-Checking Websites

Media Bias Chart

A media bias chart

It's important to remember that the media may be biased when presenting news. Above is a helpful chart that demonstrates how different news sources may be biased, and how wide ranging the spectrum of bias can be.

Disclaimer: This is to give an idea of how different news sources may be biased, and not to be taken as an exact indicator of where specific news sources fall.

Click this link for a detailed explanation of the chart and to a new interactive chart. 

How to Spot Fake News Video

Check out this video from on how to spot fake news.

Finding Reputable News Sources

National Public Radio offers an excellent Finder's Guide to Facts.

OnTheMedia has produced a useful list of tips for identifying fake news.