More and more, on both sides of the political spectrum, Americans are turning to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit for their news. According to the Pew Research Center, 62% of adults get their news from social media rather than a news site. The same study also reports that 64% of adults get their news from only one site rather than two or three.
Perhaps more troubling, researchers from Stanford have found that most students can't distinguish a news article from an advertisement nor a mainstream article from a fringe source.
To further complicate matters, the problem we face today is not as simple as distinguishing between real and fake news. For example, news can be fake (see the satirical news sites The Borowitz Report or The Onion) or it can be a real news story that's just not credible. This is where your library Reference Team can help; that is, we have the requisite tools for evaluating information. In fact, our library libguides already highlight the criteria of source evaluation with the acronym TRAAP: Timeliness, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.
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