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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.
All Sides is a news website that presents multiple sources side by side in order to provide the full scope of news reporting.
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.
Videos about evaluating sources
What do the People Say?
"People say" and "Everybody thinks" are expressions sometimes used to spread information not backed by fact. Reliable survey data can be found in these sources.
Provides U.S. public opinion poll data through a full-text retrieval system organized at the question level. Note: GSU users can access the download data sets, many of which are available in SPSS format.
Find out more: About Roper iPoll
Pew Research Center
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research.
General Social Survey
The General Social Survey (GSS) gives statistics about social characteristics and attitudes.
Find out more: About GSS
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.
News Bias infographics summarize an analysis of the content of various news sources. While they use a formula or rubric to come up with their analysis, they are still approximations and not necessarily applicable to every item in the news source or other formats (e.g. CNN.com vs. CNN cable news).
Most people tend to think their favorite sources are moderate and reliable. How about yours?
All Side Media Bias Chart
AllSides rates online news sources as far right, right, center, left, and far left. Does not rate accuracy or credibility.
Ad Fontes Media Bias Infographic
Rates sources on bias as well as reliability. Frequently updated, so look at the menu for archives and potential updates. The Ad Fontes site also includes information about their analysis of individual news sources.
Dzwonkowski News Bias Infographic (2016)
By Luke Dzwonkowski. 2016. Creative Commons Licensed, Used with Permission.