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Information Literacy & Fake News

"Fake news" is a hot topic these days and learning to discern the real news goes hand in hand with information literacy.

Breaking News: Real, Fake or Mash-up?

Breaking News:  Real, Fake or Mash-up?:  A guide to determining reliability, credibility and bias in news sources

This guide is a collaboration between Sandra Smith, Debbie Sharp and Sarah Vaughn of the University of Kentucky and Heather Beirne of Eastern Kentucky University, built for students and the general public.

Detecting Bias - Media Literacy skills

"Can you tell whether a news source is conservative, liberal, or mostly neutral?" Excellent news analysis worksheet available on this guide on media literacy from Regina Seguin of Valencia College Libraries.

Don’t Get Faked by the News

Blog post by Lesley J. Farmer, on AASL's KnowledgeQuest, which includes resources and guides on media literacy, and links to archived professional development webinars that will help a librarian or educator help students navigate this topic.

Fact Checking, Verification & Fake News

Fact Checking, Verification & Fake News  Also includes an excellent one-pager on spotting fake news, look for the CUNY J-School Fake News Cheat Sheet.  Created by the Research Center at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism

Fake News, Alternative Facts and Librarians As Dedicated Defenders of Truth

Library Girl's blog post on fake news.  Includes excellent infographic to be printed and posted.   Links to articles on information literacy and the importance of evaluating news sources.  Created by Jennifer LaGarde.  

Fake News guide

Fake News.  "This guide is intended to provide a brief introduction to the spread of fake news and to provide some tools for identifying fake news and improving news literacy."  Includes browser plug-ins for Chrome and Facebook as well as reports from Harvard, Stanford and other universities on importance of information literacy and analysis of news.  From Harvard Library.

Fake News: How to identify and avoid fake news

Fake News and How to identify and avoid fake news.  "The ability to tell accurate news from fake news is an important skill that you'll use for the rest of your life.  This LibGuide will give you valuable insight in telling fact from fiction online, plus a chance to exercise your newfound skills."   Created by K.T. Lowe of Indiana University East.

Fake News: How to Spot It

Enoch Pratt Free Library resource on fake news.  

Fake News, Misleading News, Biased News

Fake News, Misleading News, Biased News  Guide created by Ilene Frank of Hillsborough Community College, focused on fake news and evaluating news sources.

False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical “News” Sources

Extensive list of websites analyzed and tagged for credibility.  Created by Melissa Zimdars of Merrimack College.    For some background on this list, view this article in the Washington Post by Dr. Zimdars.  

How to Spot Fake News (and Teach Kids to Be Media Savvy) - Common Sense Media

Parenting, Media, and Everything in Between blog post on  media literacy for kids and parents by Sierra Felucci for Common Sense Media.  

How to teach your students about fake news - PBS Lesson Plan

For grades 7-12, this 50-minute class lesson "gives students media literacy skills they need to navigate the media, including how to spot fake news."  From PBS Newshour Extra.

Ideas for E.L.L.s: Finding Reliable Sources in a World of ‘Fake News’

New York Times news literacy lesson plan, specifically for English language learners.

Keepin' It Real: Tips & Strategies for Evaluating Fake News

Keepin' It Real: Tips & Strategies for Evaluating Fake News from librarians at Loyola Marymount University, created for a library workshop.  Includes fact-checker links and how to verify images are unaltered.  

Media: Separating Fact from Fiction - EDU@Scholastic

From EDU@ScholasticScholastic’s blog about education and learning, an interview with Jim Warren, "chief media writer for poynter.org and national political correspondent for U.S. News & World Report," providing a journalist's input on media literacy.  

News and Media Literacy - Common Sense Media

Built for parents but useful for anyone with interactions in K12.  Information and questions are organized by age ranges.    "With Common Sense Media's digital literacy resources, parents can help kids fact-check the news, determine reliable sources, and learn to separate fact from fiction." Resources from Common Sense Media.

Post-Truth: Fake News and a New Era of Information Literacy - webinar

"In this webinar, participants will:  Learn more about the rise of fake news, particularly those information behaviors that perpetuate its spread, Learn ways to identify fake news, and Explore methods to help library patrons identify fake news."   Presented by Nicole A. Cooke, MS/LIS Program Director of the iSchool at Illinois and an assistant professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Public Libraries in the Age of Fake News - article

Feature Article by Barbara Alvarez in Public Libraries Online.  Covers what is fake news, the background, role of social media, what public librarians can do and more.  "Because of their unique positions as partners, educators, and community champions, librarians have an opportunity to teach information and media literacy, as well as reframe ideas about navigating the Internet."

Reliable Online Sources - Western High School (Jefferson County KY)

Research Help LibGuides from Rebecca Ansari at Western High School Library.  

The Truth is Out There: Misinformation, Alternative Facts, and Fake News - Eastern Kentucky University Libraries

A guide from Eastern Kentucky University Libraries on fake news, the filter bubble and more, includes resources for instructors as well.  

Today's News: Separating Fact from Fiction - Reynolds Community College

Today's News: Separating Fact from Fiction "This LibGuide will give you valuable insight in telling fact from fiction online, plus a chance to exercise your newfound skills."  Created by Denise Woetzel from Reynolds Community College.