Need Help Evaluating Sources?

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There's a lot of information--and misinformation out there. We're not just talking about research assignments. Social media is full of stories that may or may not be accurate. So how can you be sure that what you're reading is true?

We've compiled a guide for evaluating sources that will take you through the basics. Learn about fact checking, spotting fake news, and debunking information that doesn't quite add up. If you're looking for further resources, take a look at Stanford History Education Group's website. Students and educators have free access to exercises, lessons, and walkthroughs covering reading like a historian, going beyond the bubble, and civic online reasoning.

If you're interested in learning more about source evaluation, ask a librarian. Instructors can also contact their library liaison to incorporate this skill into lessons throughout the semester.