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Can you detect fake news?
If not sure, consider the following check list:
- Check other sources before sharing the information.
- Is the original source cited with the information?
- Is there an "About Us" page? Or check whoxy.com for domain registry information.
- Have you heard of them? What makes them the authority?
- Is the story only one side of the debate?
- Is the news being reported on legitimate journalism sites? (Such as New York Times, ABC News, or the library database, Nexi Uni, which represents many valid news sources.)
- Are facts being left out? Does it seem believable to you?
- Are you aware of your own bias?
- Is the article making you angry or emotional?
- Read the information, circle the facts. Look for errors in names, place names, historical facts, and statistics. And watch or be aware of these words: only, first, and most.
Adapted from Barbara Gray's, How to Fact Check Like a Pro - LexisNexis.
Valid news sources
Herald Palladium (Newsbank)
The full-text of our local newspaper - recent and back issues. Articles written by HP staff. Coverage from 1999 to present.
New York Times Digital College Site Subscription
REGISTER HERE. (Click on the link above.) Registrants must use their LMC email address to register for an Academic Pass. Coverage is from 1851 to date, with some exceptions. Does not include Crosswords or Times Insider.
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Wall Street Journal
Search top news stories and information contained on the various sections of the paper such as companies, people, products, etc. For current day's news, click on Advanced Search, filter by date, and click search.