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Fake news may be a hot topic at the moment, but it's actually nothing new.
People have been creating fake news items for propaganda purposes for centuries.
It's a good idea to take anything you read in the press with a pinch of salt.
Rather than reinvent the wheel, here are some pages put together by other universities around the globe containing advice on evaluating news items:
- Fake News guide from the University of Hull
- How to Spot Fake News is just one page from Newcastle University's Fake News site. Check out the rest of their LibGuide as well.
- A Fake News site from the University of West Florida, building on an original site by KT Lowe of Indiana University East.. The items are quite fun, though of course the interactive sections are only for their own students.
You might also like to check out our own LibGuide on Critical Thinking.
Here's what Wikipedia has to say about it, with lots of nice examples.
Fake News image by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images