Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers
This book describes an source evaluation method that is more like what news fact checkers use. This process may feel more natural and quicker than traditional library source evaluation tools.
1. Investigate the source
- "Check for previous work" Make use of existing fact checking sources like Snopes, FactCheck.org, etc. for news, or, for scholarly research, check for additional background information in encyclopedias, books, or journal articles.
- "Go upstream" find the original source by using references (or a google search) to link back to the primary source.
- "Read laterally" by searching for what other sources have to say about the same topic
- Circle back, using what you have learned, take a more informed path through the fact checking process
2. Trade up to more credible sources
- Circle back to a previous stage of the fact checking process