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Evaluating Sources for Credibility
Fact Checking Sites
Fact-checking websites can help you investigate claims to help you determine whether what you hear or read is true. These resources can help you determine the legitimacy of a claim, but even fact-checking websites should be examined critically.
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center that checks the accuracy of political statements, news, and claims
Run by the Tampa Bay Times (which is owned by journalism school the Poynter Institute), this site checks and ranks political claims
This site, which has operated since 1995, fact-checks urban legends, rumors, and news
The Poynter Institute / Fact-Checking Resources
The Poynter Institute serves as the world’s leading resource for journalists to engage and inform the public in democratic societies.
Media Bias/Fact Check
Aims to call biased or deceptive news and media practices
Washington Post Fact Checker
Fact checks political and governmental topics
This professional networking site can be used to check the qualifications and expertise of authors
Try It Yourself!
Curious how well you spot fake news? Test your skill with this game, from American University.
Stay Alert for Fake News
Fake news isn't always easy to spot. Be prepared to fact-check claims that you come across, and pay attention to where the information is coming from.
Use the tips on this page to learn how to identify bias as well as how to evaluate news articles and sites.
If you would like a copy of the CRAAP Test, click the link for the PDF document.
Other Fact Checking Tools
Not a fact-checking site, Hoaxy is a visualization tool that shows the path of fake news as it spreads
Take a Deeper Dive with MediaWell
An initiative of the Social Science Research Council, MediaWell curates research and news on digital disinformation and misinformation under (12) topics including Election Interference, How Misinformation Spreads, Regulation and Policy, Credibility and Trust, Algorithms and Automation, and more. Features news, Live Research Reviews, Expert Reflections, a Scholars Database describing research and active projects, and a Citations Library hosted by Zotero.