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News source evaluation: Fact Checking Tools

Real news, sloppy news, biased news, and just plain fake news: What are the issues? And how do you tell the difference?

Fact Checking Sites

Pants on Fire meter from Politifact

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.

Evaluation tools

Videos about evaluating sources

Other Library Guides about Fake News

Mary Ann's FIB test


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 graphic

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