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Eastern Washington University Libraries

Africana Studies

Resources for Africana Studies Program

Journal Articles

These article databases have broad coverage from many disciplines, including current events.

African American History

These resources provide more in depth coverage of African American history.

Newspaper Articles

Identifying Fake News

What makes a news story fake?

  • You can't verify its claims: A fake news article may or may not have links in it tracing its sources; if it does, these links may not lead to articles outside of the site's domain or may not contain information pertinent to the article topic.
  • Fake news appeals to emotion: Fake news plays on your feelings - it makes you angry or happy or scared. This is to ensure you won't do anything as pesky as fact-checking.
  • Authors usually aren't experts: Most authors aren't even journalists, but paid trolls.
  • It can't be found anywhere else: If you look up the main idea of a fake news article, you might not find any other news outlet (real or not) reporting on the issue.
  • Fake news comes from fake sites: Did you article come from abcnews.com.co? OR Realnewsrightnow.com? These and a host of other URLs are fake news sites.

(Source: Indiana University East Library: http://iue.libguides.com/fakenews)