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Tips on Fact-Checking
Laterally search - copy/paste information from the original source into a search engine; if the same information comes up from multiple sources, you can most likely trust it. Make sure you are seeing more than one source, as the same sources may come up in your search.
Look for hyperlinks in the source (links that connect documents and other articles together on the web). Hyperlinked information act as references, where you can click to see a bigger picture of the information mentioned or to read more.
Fact Checking Websites
AllSides provides multiple different views of the same story which allows for a much rounder picture of the subject. Instead of just news from the right or left, AllSides covers every side, including the middle.
AP Fact Check
The Associated Press website fact checks current news stories when a false story or questionable claim gains traction online.
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center that focuses on clarifying political claims.
Media Bias/Fact Check
Media Bias/Fact Check is an independent website that educates the public on bias in the media.
Open Secrets is a nonpartisan, independent nonprofit, run by the Center for Responsive Politics. The group focuses on reporting political donations.
Politifact: Fact-checking US Politics
A fact-checking website that looks into claims made by politicians.
A website that checks claims, myths, rumors and misinformation in order to provide accurate information on a variety of topics.
Tips for Analyzing News Sources
Google News Fact Check
- Launch Google
- Copy & paste headline
- Click on the 'news' tab
- This will show you articles from different sources writing about the same thing as the article in question
- Review results to determine the news story credibility
- Read the slug lines and headlines to see if information is repeated
- If a claim has been proven wrong, you'll find that information here
- Google news weeds out most unreliable sources