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Fact Checking Sites
These are a few well-known websites that are dedicated to checking the accuracy of news stories, claims of politicians and/or rumors and urban legends. Try searching for "media watchdog" or "political watchdog" in Google to see more options.
This organization checks the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.
FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The site monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.
Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
All Sides is a news website that presents multiple sources side by side in order to provide the full scope of news reporting.
General Social Survey
The General Social Survey (GSS) gives statistics about social characteristics and attitudes. It isn't "fact checking" like these others but is a tool where you can look for facts yourself.
See "What do the People REALLY say?" article in "Evaluation Tools" section for advice on how to use this tool.
Videos about evaluating sources
Other Library Guides about Fake News
The CRAAP Test is a list of questions (developed at Meriam Library at California State University, Chico) to help you analyze the validity of a source. Here is a short list of things to look for to see if your information source passes the CRAAP test:
CRAAP test handout from California State University Chico.