The advent of calling out FAKE NEWS is an academic librarian’s dream. As a librarian, we deal with fake news all the time and part of our job has always been to help students figure out what is fake and what is real when researching.
According to Cornell University Library, “fake news is not news you disagree with — it is content generated by non-news organizations to drive eyeballs to ads (e.g., clickbait) or to spread false information (rumors, conspiracy theories, junk science, and propaganda, for example)” (Fake news, alternative facts and misinformation workshop, 2017).
As a student, you need to remember that when you are doing academic research (research for college) that you are ultimately responsible for the resources you chose to use. This means that you need to evaluate your resources, especially those that are online. A media professor from Merrimack College has created and maintains the “False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical “News” Sources” that lists website that should be avoided for academic research. So far the list has over 1,000 entries!
Here are some tips to identifying fake news:
Remember that the WCCC library is here to help you with your research needs. If in doubt about a resources, please ask. You can always stop in the library to see me or send me an email with your questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breaking news consumer’s handbook: Fake news edition. (2016). Retrieved from http://www.wnyc.org/story/breaking-news-consumer-handbook-fake-news-edition/
Fake news, alternative facts and misinformation workshop. (2017). Retrieved from http://guides.library.cornell.edu/c.php?g=636325&p=4452003