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In a world saturated with information, it is important to teach our students how to examine information with a critical eye. Since the beginning of the Internet and even before the Internet, librarians have been teaching users how to determine reliable in

News Literacy

In a world saturated with information, it is important to teach our students how to examine information with a critical eye. Since the beginning of the Internet and even before the Internet, librarians have been teaching users how to determine reliable information from unreliable information. This is not new. However, as people and technology have become more sophisticated, fake news has become more common. Fake news is a term coined by the media to refer to information that is published in order to deliberately deceive its readers into believing that the story is true. Teaching news literacy to our students and how to spot the signs of fake news is our job as educators.


Children's and YA Books on Fake News and News Literacy

Fake News is a Real Problem

How to Spot Fake News

Study: Most Students Cannot Distinguish Fake and Real News

How to Choose Your News

How False News Can Spread

The Problem with Fake News

How to Spot Fake News

Here’s How Fake News Works (and How the Internet Can Stop It)

Photo Fact-Checking in the Digital Age

How Fake News Grows in a Post-Fact World

5 Ways to Spot Fake News

Τhe Truth About Fake News and How to Protect Against It

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook


Verify Images

Use these tools to search for any image you think might have been manipulated:

Verify Identity

Use these tools to verify the identity of people on social media:

  • AnyWho: a free white pages directory with a reverse look-up function.
  • AllAreaCodes: a tool that allows users to look up any name and address listed against a phone number. The service is free if the number is listed in the White Pages of phones throughout the US and Canada.
  • BotOrNot: it checks the activity of a Twitter account and gives it a score based on how likely the account is a bot.
  • Email Checker: a tool to check whether an email address exists.
  • Facebook Graph Search: a social search engine that is integrated into Facebook. It provides a streamlined method to locate individuals. Journalists do not need to know the name of the person they are searching for; instead, they can search based on other known criteria such as location, occupation and age to find suspicious individuals.
  • Facebook Graph Search Engine by Henk van Ess: one of the best search engines to track an individual and find hidden information about the individuals shared on Facebook. Not only this tool allows one to find out the photos he/she is tagged and/or liked, but also to track where the person checked in last time including hotels, restaurants, and other locations.
  • GeoSocial Footprint: a website where one can track the users’ location “footprint” created from GPS enabled tweets, social check-ins, natural language location searching (geocoding) and profile harvesting.
  • Linkedin: through work history and connections Linkedin can provide additional means to track an individual down and verify the person's identity or story. It is one of the most useful tools to get professional information about an individual.
  • Numberway: a free directory of international phone books.
  • Person Finder: one of the most well-known open source databanks for individuals to post and search for the status of people affected during disaster. Whenever a large scale disaster happens, the Google Crisis Team sets up a person finder. It is however activated during/after a humanitarian disaster.
  • searches for an individual’s Internet footprint and can help identify through multiple social media accounts, public records and contact details.
  • Reverse Phone Number Look-up: search US Phone Numbers to know who is calling you. It is handy when one is in direct contact with the source. 
  • Spokeo: a people search engine that can find individuals by name, email, phone or username. Results are merged into a profile showing gender and age, contact details, occupation, education, marital status, family background, economic profile and photos.
  • Skypegrab: with a skype handle, one can track IP address and user location.
  • Storyful MultiSearch Extension: simple and quick solution to search accounts associated with a specific handle from one social platform to another.
  • WebMii: the tool searches for weblinks that match an individual’s name, or can identify unspecified individuals by keyword. It gives a web visibility score which can be used to identify fake profiles.
  • it finds the registered users of a domain name and details the date of registration, location and contact details of the registrant or assignee. There is also a chrome extension and there is also a feature to carry out a historical search.


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