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How can you tell if a source merits trust?
There are a handful of tricks that help expose the manipulation of information. (Click to expand image.)
International Federation of Library Associations. "How To Spot Fake News." IFLA, 20 June 2017, https://www.ifla.org/publications/node/11174/.
That's the tl;dr. Continue on for more detailed evaluation techniques.
Note: this guide's presentation of the CARS Framework of information evaluation is adapted from
Harris, Robert. "Evaluating Internet Research Sources." VirtualSalt. 21 January 2015. http://www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htm.
Is the story reported anywhere else?
Sources may differ concerning the interpretation of facts, but if the facts of a story are not being reported elsewhere, you may be looking at a spurious source. Information professionals call verifying information through other sources "triangulation."
Many fact-checking sites exist that may be useful to you, including those below.