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DSEMs 2023-2024: Library resources for first year students: Fact checking and more

A guide designed for students new to Drew University Library that provides foundational information for academic research in the coming years.

Fact-Checking Sites

Fact-check like a pro with “Four Moves and  Habit” from Michael Caulfield’s free book, Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers… and other people who care about facts ( See image of related infographic below and linked as PDF above.

Recommended fact-check sites:  

  • Snopes  Snopes is the "definitive fact-checking site" and urban myth site. Editors painstakingly track down and verify sources of information to confirm or dispel the internet rumors people send in. It also posts news-- so use the Fact Check section to find their methodical analyses. 
    When reading Snopes, note the sources that are referenced, including people and publications, and the analysis done on the information received.
  • Factcheck.Org  This project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center posts articles with detailed fact-checking public policy, health, science, and Facebook/internet/online rumors. In particular, take a look at the video on Internet rumors under Viral Spiral (
  • Politifact  "PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics." Staff are from the Tampa Bay Times, owned by the Poynter Institute. Politifact's most famous feature is the Truth-o-meter. Pay careful attention to the analysis of information the Politifact journalists use-- this is often a source of disagreement with them.
  • Washington Post Fact Checker:
  • NPR Fact-Check:
  • Lie Detector (Univision, Spanish language):
  • Hoax Slayer:
  • FactsCan:
  • El Polígrafo (Mexico, Spanish Language):
  • Guardian Reality Check:


"Top 10 sites to help students check their facts" 

This list, from the International Society for Technology in Education, includes other fact-checking websites


"How to Spot Fake News" IFLA infographic based on’s 2016 article

Which Side are They On?

Different news outlets-- and different subject area publications-- address a topic in different ways. In some cases, that is due to ideological leanings (usually of their target readership)-- in other, it's due to the very nature of the subject. Time MagazineThe Economist, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, and Research in the Teaching of English will all address the idea of young people's digital participation in different ways.

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