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Breaking News: Real, Fake or Mash-up?: Getting Started

A guide to determining reliability, credibility and bias in news sources


Our job is only to hold up the mirror - to tell and show the public what has happened.

Walter Cronkite

This guide will help you navigate through the many and varied news articles that now populate our news feeds, blogs, Facebook and other social media sites.  Is it credible? Is it fake?  Is it click bait?   Check it out before you post!


NPR's Fake or Real?

Selected Books

The call numbers listed here are available at Young Library at the University of Kentucky as indicated.  However, these can most likely be found in many public or academic libraries and all three are available at Amazon.

Must Watch News!

How to Spot Fake News

Information Literacy in the Era of Fake News

Information Literacy:  It’s become a priority in an era of Fake News   Najmabadi, Shannon.  The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 26,  2017.

Truthy lies and surreal truths:  a plea for critical digital literacies. Shaffer, Kris. Hybrid Pedagogy, a digital journal of learning, teaching, and technology, December 8, 2016.


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