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Fact-Checking Strategies

Who Published the Site?

To investigate who published this site, leave the Web page itself, open a new tab, and look at what the Web is telling you about the source. For example, look up the publisher on Wikipedia, to quickly check for credibility.

Original vs. Re-Reporting

Go "upstream" to find the original reporting source.

Have Others Already Done the Work?

If a trusted fact-checking site (e.g., Snopes, has already verified your source, then you can rely on their work to save you tons of time!

Characteristics of Trustworthy News Sources


Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics:  seek truth and report it, minimize harm, act independently, be accountable and transparent

  • Author is identified
  • News vs. opinion clearly distinguished
  • Sources are cited and diverse
  • Editorial guidelines, owners and funding are transparent



Characteristics of Fake News

Source:  International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions