Fact or Fiction?

Solving the Information Puzzle

Be an Information Detective

“Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it, so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect: like a man, who hath thought of a good repartee when the discourse is changed, or the company parted; or like a physician, who hath found out an infallible medicine, after the patient is dead.”
Jonathan Swift

6 Books to Checkout…

Raising Critical Thinkers

Julie Bogart

A parent’s guide to growing wise kids in the digital age.

You Can’t Lie to Me

Janine Driver

The revolutionary program to supercharge your inner lie detector and get to the truth.

The Data Detective

Tim Harford

Ten easy rules to make sense of statistics.

Developing Digital Detectives

Jennifer LaGarde and Darren Hudgins

Essential lessons for discerning fact from fiction in the “fake news” era.

News and How to Use it

Alan Rusbridger

Helps decipher what to believe in a “fake news” world.

Detecting Deception: Tools to Fight Fake News

Amanda Sturgill

Covers the most common issues with examples and practice exercises.

3 Articles to Read…

Fake News Guide: Tips and Resources

A good overview from Mount Allison University

How to Spot Fake News

Some guidelines from Factcheck.org

Keeping Up With . . . Misinformation and News Literacy

An article from ACRL, a division of the American Library Association.

4 Fact-Checking Websites…


A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center devoted to monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players.


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, as is PunditFact, a site devoted to fact-checking pundits.


A project of the Tampa Bay Times and the Poynter Institute, dedicated to checking the accuracy of claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers, political analysts, the hosts and guests of talk shows, and other members of the media.


The snopes.com website was founded by David Mikkelson, who lives and works in the Los Angeles area. What he began in 1995 as an expression of his interest in researching urban legends has since grown into what is widely regarded by folklorists, journalists, and laypersons alike as one of the World Wide Web's essential resources.


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