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Let's Get Real About Fake News

Written by Erica Clay on Friday, 16 December 2016. Posted in Posts

In the years before the Internet became the first place everyone began their research, school and academic librarians spent countless hours teaching students from elementary school through graduate school how to read newspaper articles and magazines critically, looking for bias or political leaning. It's not enough to teach students to read for bias anymore. Even many college students have difficulty determining whether what they're looking at on the screen is a personal website, a newspaper article published by a reputable news source, an opinion piece in an academic journal, or a research study. Now, along with helping students understand the differences between information sources and examine them for bias, we must help students figure out if the information sources they've found online are even real.