A library guide about news hoaxes, misinformation, and propaganda
Using the CRAP test on the article can help reveal if the article is fake news.
SMCC has a great guide for applying the CRAP test
Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.
Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What's the whole story?
Do a quick search on the author(s). Are they credible? Are they real?
Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually supports the story.
Re-posting old news stories doesn't mean they're relevant to current events.
If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure.
Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgment.
Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site.
The real news company has a professionally designed SiteID that matches its familiar corporate logo. The fake site uses a low-quality imitation.