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Web Literacy

Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information online? How can we evaluate the information reaching us from web pages or through social media streams?

We need to improve our web literacy. These books contain concrete strategies and tactics for tracing claims to sources and for analyzing the nature and reliability of those sources.

Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers

This is a practical guide for the student fact-checker. It supplements generic information literacy with the specific web-based techniques that can get you closer to the truth on the web more quickly. It is available online under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

A Field Guide To "Fake News" and other Information Disorders

It explores the use of digital methods to study false viral news, political memes, trolling practices and their social life online. A project of the Public Data Lab, it is released online under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

How To Choose Your News

Watch this TED Ed video to learn how the opinions and facts (and non-facts) make their way into the news and how a smart reader can tell them apart.

Check out TED Ed for more information and further resources about how to choose your news.

Further Reading

Learn essential tips to help you find out if that viral story is a hoax with this article from The Conversation.

Think you can trust Wikipedia? Check out the curious story of the Brazilian Aardvark. Or the 10 biggest Wikipedia hoaxes since the website's launch in 2001.