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Fake News vs. Real News: How to Spot Fake News

How to determine actual and reliable information on the internet and in social media feeds

Watch for Red Flags!

Scan your online resources for easy-to-spot red flags. These can help you determine whether a website is credible enough to use in a research paper.

  • Website does not look professionally designed
  • Lack of citations or links to verifiable information
  • No author/sponsoring organization is listed, either on the main page or in an 'About Us' section
  • The page's purpose is to sell something (almost all .com)
  • There is a lot of advertising on the page
  • The publisher is promoting a specific point of view
  • Content seems written to provoke an emotional response

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