Discerning fact from misinformation online
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Sara Maloney

Discerning fact from misinformation online

Research and technology manager at the St. Joseph County Public Library

September 2020

With an endless stream of online resources, many of us now have easy access to a lot of information. But not everyone knows how to evaluate what they see and read in order to detect distortions, manipulations and bias. At the library, I often answer questions about how to spot “fake news” online. I also teach information literacy to college students at IUSB. We all tend towards “confirmation bias,” trusting things that confirm our existing beliefs and doubting any contradictory evidence. I hope these resources will help you better navigate information on the Internet—and give you the tools to fact-check things you agree with just as rigorously as things you disagree with.