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Consider Language: Loaded vs. Neutral
Loaded terms are words that make the reader question the credibility of the source. Objective news stories will use terms that may seem boring or colorless, but avoid showing the source in a biased light.
For instance, using the term “claimed” - considered a loaded word - instead of “said” - a neutral word - throws doubt on the source’s statement.
Use Fact-Checking Sites & Tools
- SciCheck: Focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy.
- Politifact: Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-check site.
- Snopes: Award-winning fact-checking site.
Evaluating Information on the Internet
Fake News Videos
Did you know that the library's Films on Demand database has two videos on how to recognize fake news? Access them by clicking the image below!