In a time when anyone can share anything on social media, how do you know that what you’re reading is factually correct? Even the most internet savvy among us can fall for a convincing headline, especially if it’s a viewpoint that we agree with. Today is International Fact-Checking Day and the perfect time to brush up on your information literacy skills.
The good news is that the library is the perfect place to help you gather, use, and analyze data. Here are some tips to help you determine which news sources are credible and which are not.
- Is the story from a news organization that you’ve heard of?
- Can you find the story you’re reading on a well-known and reputable news site?
- Are sources quoted in the story reliable? Can you look up any studies that were cited?
- Does a story rely on sensational headlines or hyperbolic words to get you to click through?
- Watch out for news websites that end in “.com.co” such as “nbcnews.com.co” instead of “nbcnews.com”
Still not sure? Use one of these websites to verify information.
- Factcheck.org is 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.
- Snopes investigates rumors, stories and claims made on the internet and either confirms or debunks them.
Before you share that story or forward that email, remember that the library is here to help you separate truth from fiction. If you ever need help finding or evaluating information, just call or visit us and we’ll be happy to assist you.