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Fake News Guide: Finding Reliable Resources

This LibGuide will help you learn what fake news is and how to spot it.

Use Trusted Library Resources

Newspaper LibGuide: This guide lists out our current, and historical, newspaper databases like ProQuest US Stream that includes access to publications like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, USA Today, and Los Angeles Times.

Magazine LibGuide: This guide lists out our recent and older magazines. There is also an "Opinion Magazines" page that list out conservative and liberal titles.

CQ ResearcherCQ Researcher provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Their reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. 

SIRS Discoverer: SIRS Discoverer offers articles, nonfiction books, images, activities and websites curated for educational relevance, age appropriateness, and readability.

Avoiding Fake News

Avoid fake news poster

Image from Indiana East University

How to Spot Fake News (

Fact Check Like a Pro

Tips for evaluating news sources

Sites to Help You Verify Facts

Fact Checking Sites:

           This site provides articles and an assessment of their bias, from left to right.

The Reporters’ Lab is a center for journalism research in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Our core projects focus on fact-checking, but we also do occasional research about trust in the news media and other topics.

A product of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, this site is terrific for checking up on political claims.

A professional networking website where you can look up the authors of articles and books to see if they're credible.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Politifact researches the claims of politicians and checks their accuracy.

One of the oldest debunking sites on the Internet, focuses on urban legends, news stories and memes. the also cite their sources at the end of each debunking.

While focused primarily on political facts, it covers specific claims in-depth and with plenty of cross-referencing.


Sites to Help You Verify Images

If you see an image you think might have been manipulated or photoshopped in any way, you can use the tools below to check an image for changes.


Identify parts of an image that may have been modified or photoshopped.

Google Reverse Image Search

Upload or use a URL image to check the content history or to see similar images on the web.

Google Street View

Identifying the location of a suspicious photo or video is crucial for verification.

TinEye Reverse Image Search

Upload or enter an image URL to the search bar and see a list of related sites. Provides plug-ins for your browser.


Crowd-sourced version of Google Maps, featuring additional information.

List created by Alicia Vaandering at the University of Rhode Island