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Fake News and Alternative Facts: A Guide to News Literacy

A guide to developing critical thinking skills for news literacy

Critical Thinking

Tips for Spotting Fake News:

  • Examine the site's URL for oddities
  • If it seems like a joke, it probably is
  • Check the authorship
  • Search for the same story coming from other sources
  • Scan for spelling/grammatical errors
  • Scan for language that deals heavily in superlatives and extreme figures of speech
  • Check all links


Source: Princeton University Library

Quick Guide to Fake News

Source: The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)