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Finding Credible Information in the Era of Fake News

Date Published: 05/10/2021

In the modern world, you need to be a savvy media user to ensure that you are getting good quality news and information. We are constantly being told to watch out for fake news, misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, and biased content.

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To be savvy, you need to be critical of your sources of information and understand how to recognize good quality information.  The following sources may help you to become more media literate, an essential 21st-century skill.

This guide from the University of South Australia describes how to spot fake news. Click on the link below.

Fake news – News Media – Guides at University of South Australia (unisa.edu.au)

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When students are embarking on research assignments,  they find themselves bombarded with information from the internet, and it can be hard to discern trustworthy sources from those less credible or even false? In this digital environment and the era of  ‘fake news’,  it is essential for students to develop the critical literacy skills needed to navigate the information landscape.

To help students with this issue, we provide them with access to subscription databases via the OPAC and accessed through OneSearch. This can save students a great deal of time when researching as these databases are guaranteed to be reliable sources of information.

View the video below to see just how easy it is to access and use the databases.

Searching the Databases

 

EBSCO, a leading provider of research databases, has the following tips for students when looking for reliable information.

Used with permission from Ebsco

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