When evaluating online resources, it's hard to let go of our own biases. However, often Fake News can be used as a tool to keep those biases in check. Learning to look deeper using tools presented in this research guide is the first step. You don't have to agree with everything that you read, but sometimes making the best case you can for a perspective or argument that conflicts with your own beliefs and perceptions will help you make your own arguments better.
Chainsawsuit comic by Kris Straub, from Sept. 16, 2014
Displays news coverage from "left", "right", and "center" sources. Use with caution as the categories are generated by users and reflect public perceptions of each news source rather than any actual bias in the individual articles displayed.
This Pulitzer prize winning website is maintained by the Tampa Bay Times newspaper staff, an independent newspaper in Florida. "PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics."
FactCheck.org’s SciCheck feature focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy. It was launched in January 2015 with a grant from the Stanton Foundation.
You can do a reverse image search in Google Image. Google Image is especially useful for identifying the author/artist of an image and for finding similar images so that you can see how they were used. It's also pretty good at showing you previous uses of the image online.
TinEye is good at showing how long and how often an image has been available (or has been used online). You can also see how an image has been edited for use by different people online.
These checklists and worksheets were developed by librarians and information compaines to provide students and researchers tools to successfully evaluate news and other online resources. Choose which tool works best for you and your research.