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Fake News: Discerning Fact from Fiction

February 28th, 2017

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Are you having trouble 
distinguishing “fake news” from real news? Don’t worry, you are not alone and BU Librarians are here to assist you! To help distinguish fake news from real news, check out our Fake News & News Bias research guide.

You might be wondering: what implications does this have for education? According to this NPR article, a Stanford study demonstrates how students from middle school to college are all influenced by fake news and source bias. Do educators need to restructure curriculum to teach information literacy? Do we need to teach children to think critically, rather than take things at face value?  

ProQuest surveyed more than 200 librarians, and according to their resultsthe message is this: there is a lot that libraries, faculty, and teachers can do to improve information literacy together.