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Resources to help teach students about fake news.
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Information Evaluation Tools

Everyday Information Evaluation Tools

Fact Checking Websites

 

Where People Get Their News

The Pew Research Center published a report "Political Polarization and Media Habits" in 2014.

Trust Levels of News Sources by Ideological Group
 

Confirmation Bias from Facing History

What is confirmation bias and why does it matter?

 

Take a Deeper Dive

What do you think?

From New York Times, March 8, 2017


Fact Checking Won't Save Us from Fake News 

 

Bibliography

Borel, Brooke. "Fact-Checking Won't Save Us from Fake News." FiveThirtyEight. ESPN, January 4, 2017.

"Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Fake News Edition.On the Media. WNYC, November 18, 2016.

"Defining Confirmation Bias." Resource Library, Facing History and Ourselves. 2016.

Erlanger, Stephen. "Russia's RT Network: Is it more BBC or KGB?" The New York Times, March 8, 2017.

Filucci, Sierra. How to Spot Fake News. Common Sense Media, February 12, 2017.

Jacobson, Linda. "The Smell Test: Educators Can Counter Fake News with Information Literacy." School Library Journal, January 1, 2017.

Maheshwari, Sapna "How Fake News Goes Viral: A Case Study." The New York Times, November 20, 2016.

Mitchell, Amy et al. "Political Polarization and Media Habits." Pew Research Center: Journalism & Media, October 21, 2014.

Schulten, Katherine and Amanda Christy Brown. "Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News."  The New York Times: Lesson Plans,  January 19, 2017. 

 

A Note on Fake News

Identifying fake news requires going beyond basic information evaluation. Students now need to be persistent, critically skeptical and learn how to fact-check. Moreover, they need to understand the roles of confirmation bias and social media in spreading fake news.  This NY Times article presents a case study and explains step-by-step how a Tweet by an individual in Texas became, unintentionally, a viral fake news story. 

The tools and information on this LibGuide are intended to provide resources to better evaluate news sources  and gain an understaning of how and why fake news is created and spreads around.

 

Questions to Ask

  • What does the phrase “fake news” mean?
  • When have you or someone you know fallen for or shared fake or inaccurate news of some kind?
  • Why does it matter if we can’t tell real news from fake news?

Schulten, Katherine and Amanda Christy Brown. "Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News."  New York Times: Lesson Plans,  January 19, 2017. 


 

Courtesy Joe Dator, The New Yorker.



 

Specifically Addressing Fake News

Key Observations to Identifying Fake News:

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