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This Just In: Fake News, Predatory Journals, and Vetting Your Sources: Home

In recent months, fake news has been making headlines, but what does this really mean and how can we identify and avoid it? This guide equips you with tools to evaluate sources within the, often times overwhelming, information landscape.

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The Newsfeed

We have heard a lot about fake news in the past few months, here are just some examples:

While it is important to be aware of the conversations surrounding fake news, it is even more important to understand what this term means, and to also understand that there are many ways that even fact-based news can be biased and misleading. Knowing how to define and differentiate these issues helps us to be informed and engaged citizens.

Preconceived Notions

Example:

You've decided to write about how a vegan lifestyle is healthier than other diets. You are looking at news sources and find an article in Vegetarian Monthly that says that vegans have lower cholesterol than non-vegans. However, you don't include a source from Women's Running that indicates vegans usually have issues with B12 deficiency. You have chosen to only utilize sources that support your initial hypothesis. This is confirmation bias.

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