How To Spot Fake News

The International Federation of Library Association and Institutions (IFLA) provides an infographic to help consumers navigate through the complex world of bogus news articles. Critical thinking is a key element and in eight easy steps (based on's 2016 article How To Spot Fake News)  patrons can try to verify the validity of an article by considering the following fact checking tools.

How to Spot Fake News Infographic
How to Spot Fake News, opens a new window by IFLA / CC BY 4.0, opens a new window

Also check out this panel discussion we held at Cupertino Library on post-truth politics in 2017 where we invited Devin Fehely, investigative reporter with KPIX-TV and Dr. Larry Gerston, SJSU political science professor emeritus & political analyst at NBC Bay Area to give us their understanding and expertise on the role the media played in the 2016 presidential election. The conversation discussed how consumers can stay informed about the issues and avoid fake news.

The library has a variety of online resources that might be of interest to patrons in keeping up with the issues of the day. PressReader provides access to over 6,000 well-known newspaper & magazine titles from around the world. RBdigital Magazines and Flipster offers hundreds of full-color, digital copy of your favorite magazine. Check out these valuable news resources that we offer via our eMagazine & News page