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Fake News: Home

Learn how to spot and avoid fake news.

The Truth is Out There

You deserve truthful, reliable information. Unfortunately, there are others that don't agree. Many websites and online publishers don't care about the quality of the information they provide - they just care about the money.

When you come across misinformation online, it generally falls into one of the following categories:

Fake News: Fake news stories that are often written to create outrage and to be shared, particularly on social media.

Predatory Publishing: Questionable academic and scholarly research.


This guide will focus on fake news and will give you tips to avoid it. The number one way? Use your library! Most of the resources available through the Library's homepage have been vetted. And when in doubt, ask a librarian for a second opinion!

Before We Begin

Not all fake news and predatory publishing is poorly designed, covered with ads, or typos. Many fake sites look very real. Look below, can you tell the fake website from the real?

Fake ABC versus Real ABC page

In addition to the headline being written to get you angry, website A ends with .co. This is one, of many, common tricks that fake news site use to appear legit. The design itself is very clean - you have to look deeper.