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Reading the news, Facebook, or our email these days seems more of a chore just to figure out if what you see is worth knowing. “Fake” news, alt-facts, what’s real? Here is a checklist to use in evaluating what you read. According to, these are essential steps to determining whether a news story is credible.

  1. Consider the source. Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.
  2. Read beyond the headline. Headlines can be outrageous in effort to get clicks. Go beyond headlines.
  3. Check the author. Do a quick Google search on the author. Are they credible?
  4. Determine if sources support the story. Click those links. Determine if the subsequent info actually supports the story.
  5. Check the date.
  6. Consider that it might be satire. If it seems too outlandish, it might be satire. Do some quick research on the site and author to find out.
  7. Check your biases.
  8. Ask the experts. Ask a librarian, or consult one of the fact-checking sites in this list by Donna Cohen, our event speaker April 22nd.
Misinformation & Propaganda - Event April 22

Learn More At the Library!

Join us for a timely workshop led by local librarian Donna Cohen. Using real world examples this session will teach you to distinguish truth from fiction and become your own “fact-checker.”
Misinformation & Propaganda - Event April 22