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Fake News Vs. Real News

Decription, links, and resources for distinguishing real from fake news and avoiding alternative facts

Free Online Course on News Literacy

Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens

Free online course in News Literacy from Stony Brook University and the University of Hong Kong.

News Site Reliability Checkers

Media Fact Check


“We are the most comprehensive media bias resource on the internet. There are currently 1000+ media sources listed in our database and growing every day. Don’t be fooled by Fake News sources. Use the search bar below to check the bias of any source” *



Fake News Checker


Offers descriptions and data for hundreds of news sites, including type of bias.

Find Expired Web Pages


The WayBack Machine


Part of the Internet Archive, the Wayback Machine is an archive of the internet, showing pages that have expired or been removed.




For Your Facebook Feed

This Is How You Can Stop Fake News From Spreading On Facebook 

Craig Silverman
November 19, 2016


Here's How to Outsmart Fake News in Your Facebook Feed

Here's how to outsmart fake news in your Facebook feed 
AJ Willingham
November 18, 2016


Articles in this box from Iona College's Fake News Research Guide


Fact Checking


" is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania" and "a nonpartisan, nonprofit 'consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics." *




“PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times . . .” *




“The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.” *

Sunlight Foundation


“The Sunlight Foundation is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses technology, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all.” *


Poynter's International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN)


“The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) is a forum for fact-checkers worldwide hosted by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. These organizations fact-check statements by public figures, major institutions and other widely circulated claims of interest to society.” *



Evaluate Sites, Articles, and Sources

How to Spot Fake News

Eugene Kiely and Lori Robertson

Posted on November 18, 2016

Fake or Real? How to Self-Check the News and Get the Facts

Wynne Davis

NPR, All Tech Considered

December 5, 2016

The Pocket Guide to Bullshit Prevention

Michelle Nijhuis

April 29, 2014

Evaluating Resources

University of California, Berkeley library’s research guide for evaluating resources.

Digital Resource Center (DRC)’s Center for News Literacy

Stony Brook University’s Center for News Literacy (Part of the School of Journalism).

“. . . we use the acronym IMVA/IN to methodically evaluate sources who show up in news stories.” *


Evaluate Photographs


Google Reverse Image Search

Upload or use a URL image to check the content history or to see similar images on the web.

TinEye Reverse Image Search

Search by image and find where that image appears online.


Identify parts of an image that may have been modified or “photoshopped”.

From Iona College's Fake News Research Guide



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