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Evaluating Information: Evaluating Sources

This guide will help you identify resources and evaluate the information presented.

This page links to resources that will help you evaluate information, whether it is online or in-print. 

10 Questions for Fake News Detection


10 questions for fake news detection

This document was created by The News Literacy Project:

"News literacy teaches that all information is not created equal. It uses the standards of quality journalism as an aspirational yardstick to determine what information to believe, share and act on. It also fosters an understanding of the role of a free press in a democracy."


Understanding Sources

Check out the "Know Your Sources Infographic" (preview below) to learn more about the characteristics

of the wide range of sources you will find in the library to use in your research.


Working with Sources

Incorporating others' work into your own can be difficult, especially when you are not sure what the conventions are for locating and citing appropriate academic sources. These links can help!

Scholarly Journals Vs. Popular Magazines

Review the slides above to learn how to:

  • Distinguish between a popular and scholarly source
  • Identify common characteristics of popular and scholarly articles
  • Understand the concept of the "peer review" editorial process

Note: Advance slides forward and backward with arrows. Click on  to expand to full screen.

Peer Review in 3 Minutes

Peer Review is used by scholarly publications. Experts in the particular field or discipline review the article or study and comment on any flaws or editing details. 

They also recommend if the article should be published, needs review, or is not accepted for publication.

Created by North Carolina State University Libraries.

Fact Checking Resources

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