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Finding the Truth: Trusted Information
Fact vs. fiction
In today's society, information moves almost at the speed of light making it easier for those who want to spread disinformation, misinformation and malinformation. To be a critical consumer of media in the 21st century, you need to be able to sort through the many competing messages coming from a variety of sources and, through critical thinking, identify biases and agendas so you can separate misinformation from fact.
Cut through the noise
On this page, we've provided tools, resources and materials that will help you cut through the noise and find the true, factual information you seek.
To begin with, here are four widely used fact-check resources. If you are unsure whether a story or claim is true, you can find trusted, verified nonpartisan information at these sites:
- Michigan.gov/SOSFactCheck - Provides accurate information about Michigan elections.
- Snopes.com - Investigates and debunks misinformation, conspiracy theories, hoaxes and more.
- FactCheck.org - Verifies factual accuracy of political speech, ads, debates, interviews and press releases.
- Politifact - Verifies accuracy of statements made by politicians.
MEDIA LITERACY RESOURCES
- Guide on Misinformation - Resources and information published by the University of Michigan Library.
- News Literacy Tips and Tools - Including guides, games and quizzes from the News Literacy Project.
- How False News Can Spread - Video from TedEd.
- How to Choose Your News - Video from TedEd.