Answered By: Priscilla Coulter Last Updated: Apr 06, 2017 Views: 253
Fact-checking is an important skill -- not only does it help you ensure that your college research and writing are free of bias and inaccuracies, but it also ensures that you are an informed consumer and citizen.
These are some well-known, reputable fact-checking sites that publish their findings online for quick reference:
- FactCheck.org: "a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases."
- Media Bias/Fact Check: "We are the most comprehensive media bias resource on the internet. There are currently 900+ media sources listed in our database and growing every day. Don’t be fooled by Fake News sources."
- PolitiFact: "a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida."
Find similar sites, from all over the globe, with the Duke Reporters' Lab fact-checking database.
If you'd like to try doing your own fact-checking, try looking for reputable sources that corroborate the details of a statement that you heard.
- Find out how to recognize bias and inaccuracies in your sources.
- See suggested statistical reference sites here.
- Learn how to identify (and find) scholarly sources.
If librarians can help you track down a source, let us know!
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