Many afternoons you'll find students doing homework and research projects at home or at the library. Librarians love to help students navigate through all the information they find on the Internet, especially in finding current, relevant, and accurate sources. With all the information available on the Internet, it can be challenging to make sure what you've found online is a reliable source for a project.
One of my favorite things to show students to help them navigate their choices is this awesome TedEd video by Damon Brown. It's easy for elementary students to understand but also could be used with middle or high schoolers. (Grown-ups might also find it useful.)
This library guide about fake news from Indiana University East has a great infographic to help students think through a few questions they can ask while looking at a website to determine if what they see is a reliable source.
If you're looking for more in-depth ideas about telling fact from fiction in online news, the New York Times Learning Network has many great ideas for checking how reliable a website is. It's aimed at teachers but parents, grandparents, and anyone who gets news from an online source might find it useful.
Libraries are an excellent place to find reliable, accurate information. If you're ever wondering about the best place to look online for just about anything, let us know. We'd love to help you find exactly what you need from a reliable source.