Types of Misinformation
There are three types of misinformation. It is important to know the difference when researching, in order to understand what you are reading and why it may sound distrustful or incorrect.
Access to accurate news reporting is critical for active participation in a democratic society. Read like a fact-checker.1 Open a new page in your browser, and search around to ask questions and seek out multiple viewpoints.
Citing fake news sources destroys your credibility. If your arguments are rooted in information that has been proven false, it will impact your reputation as a scholar and a professional. Look for news sources that follow the Code of Ethics outlined by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Searching Google is not a special skill -- anyone can do it. Learning to research with academic journals and discipline-specific databases is a valuable skill that we are proud to teach at the library. Whether you are writing a research paper, voting in an election, preparing for a job interview, or researching for personal interest, you can find a wide collection of resources at the library to support your research.
You can always ask a librarian for help navigating resources at the library. There is no such thing as a dumb question. You are not bothering us -- helping you access information is our job.
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