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Evaluating Sources: ACT UP: Evaluating news




  1. When you open up a news article in your browser, open a second, empty tab.  Use that second window to look up claims, author credentials and organizations that you come across in the article.
  2. Fake news spans across all kinds of media - printed and online articles, podcasts, YouTube videos, radio shows, even still images. 
  3. For images, put them into Google images and search. Verify that what you are seeing corresponds to the event in question.
  4.  Check the account history of the source. Two red flags are: the number of posts and how long the account has been active. If it claims to be a well known source(like CNN or CBS) and only has a few posts in its history that is a clue. If it's a well known source and the account has only been active a short time that is another red flag.
  5. Think before you share.


You might need to find more information about the study/studies being described, in order to assess the article's accuracy or fill in the gaps.  If the article doesn't answer some of these questions, chances are it's not telling the whole story.

Where's the evidence?

Does the article support its claims with scientific research?

Did the study actually assess what's in the headline?

Does the article address limitations & biases?

Was the research in humans?

How many people did it include?

Did the study have a control group?

Who paid for and conducted the study?