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Information and Media Literacy: How to Spot the Good, the Bad, and the Just Plain Ugly

Information and media are everywhere, and it can be hard to keep up with, let alone to ensure the news you are receiving is accurate. This guide is designed to encourage you to examine the information you receive and feel you can determine its quality.

Information Checking

When considering any information you may wish to share or act upon, it is important to examine that information carefully. There is no substitution or shortcut for due diligence. In addition to the SIFT strategy (found here), here are some other possible information vetting methods for you to consider:

Authentic current and historic events will have coverage from many websites. If you are curious about a post that you see, check with some PPLD current event-focused databases to see what additional information has been published from reputable media sources.

For verification of other types of information (such as historic events), consider researching under the applicable Subject under PPLD's LibGuides here.

Reputable fact-checking sites are important tools to have as part of any strong information-checking strategy. The following are reputable, non-partisan, non-profit sites: