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Is It Fake or Real?

Is It Fake or Real? iconIs It Fake or Real?title

Besides, as the vilest Writer has his Readers, so the greatest Liar has his Believers; and it often happens, that if a Lie be believ’d only for an Hour, it has done its Work, and there is no farther occasion for it. Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it; so that when Men come to be undeceiv’d, it is too late; the Jest is over, and the Tale has had its Effect…
Jonathan Swift (1710)
Prevent the spread of misinformation. Check before you share!
When selecting sources to use for research, evaluate them using the suggestions in this CRAAP chart.
To determine the accuracy of a claim, use these fact-checking strategies:
1. Has someone already checked this?
2. Find the original source
  Follow links if provided
  Copy and paste a key phrase into a search engine
  Do a Reverse image search on Google
3. Research the authority and reputation of the author/publisher/source
  Don't just accept what they say about themselves
OR Start your research with a known expert
4. Activate your prior knowledge
  Is this information consistent with what you already know to be true?
5. Think about your emotional response to the information
  If the information makes you angry, makes you laugh, makes you cry, disgusts you - fact check it
More detailed information about how to check information can be found in Caulfield, Michael A. Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers
Pay it forward. Credit all of your sources thoroughly!
Citation and Note Taking Sheets

Citation and Note Taking Sheets iconCitation and Note Taking Sheetstitle

These pages will help you collect the publication information for an MLA-style (8th edition) works cited page (bibliography). There is also room on the sheet to take notes from the source you are citing. Use the organizer that matches the specific source you are using, and use a separate organizer for each article:
Book (in print)
Kawameeh's Subscription Databases
A to Z the USA
Infobase Learning (History databases)
Infobase Learning (Issues & Controversies)
Infobase Learning (World Almanac)
Gale Virtual Reference Library (reference ebooks)
Marshall Cavendish Ebooks (country books and mythology encyclopedias)
Web Site (only those that are free, with no login)
Lecture or TED Talk
Video Lecture (e.g. TED Talk)
Video Clip
Video Clip (e.g. YouTube)
Note Taking Organizers

Note Taking Organizers iconNote Taking Organizerstitle

These organizers will help you to organize your note taking to answer specific questions when you must use two or three different sources. You will also need a source list organizer to keep track of the publication information for each of the sources you use to take notes.
How-To Documents

How-To Documents iconHow-To Documentstitle

These documents will give you step-by-step instructions for some of the tasks you may be required to do.
How to Evaluate Information (a chart) Also, see section above: "Is It Fake or Real?"