Fake News: What It Is, and How to Spot It

February 15, 2016–“Fake news” has been in the, well, news quite a bit lately. So what is it exactly? One definition of fake news is “sources that intentionally fabricate information, disseminate deceptive content, or grossly distort actual news reports.”

Knowing how to distinguish between real and fake news, and generally reliable and unreliable sources of information, is a crucial skill.  Below is an infographic prepared by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) on ways to spot fake news:


Remember: if you’re not sure about the sources you come across, just ask a librarian! It’s our job to help you sift through information to find the best sources out there.

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