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A 2019 study by the Pew Research Center for Media & Journalism found that half of Americans consider fake news to be a significant problem facing the country, with many of them adjusting their news consumption habits to try and avoid it. Being able to evaluate news articles and identify potentially fake is a valuable skill. Included under that is the ability to identify potentially misleading news or headlines. When looking at stories to determine whether or not they're credible, the following steps may be helpful (adapted from the lists provided by Eugene Public Library and the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library):
As part of its series of "Library How Tos" Canvas modules, OSU Libraries has a page discussing the differences between scholarly and popular communication. Depending on the assignment, professors might specify that only scholarly articles can be used, so knowing the difference can be important. It may also help when reading about research in the news and how information is presented.
For more information, visit the module here.
If you're unsure about whether or not the article you're reading has false or misleading information, the following websites are good sources for verifying the information:
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