Fake News

by Travis Sherrill, Mooresville Public Libraryfakenewspic

Check about me pages. Checking out the about me page, investigating the authors’ name to consider there credentials in context should be a regular part of the research journey.

Interrogate URLS. We see quite a bit of domain manipulation these days. What is domain manipulation? Domain manipulation is when you have an actual website that has an extra extension on the end of it. For example, what looks like a .edu domain followed by .co or .lo is likely a fake or deceptive site. If you are seeing a slightly variant version of a well known URL, do a little investigating. An example of this would be abcnews.com.co. Of course, the actual website is abcnews.com.

Staff Picks for February 2018

French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mirelle Guiliano.
-Cheri S.
Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France by Miranda Richmond Mouillot is a sensitive true story of a granddaughter who tries to discover her family’s history. Both survivors of Nazi Germany, Miranda’s grandparents refuse to speak to each other, or even utter their names, so she has a lot of work to do. The author grew up in Ashville, NC.
-Jenneffer S.
I am reading You’re Worth It! by Danielle Bean. It is one of those ongoing books I keep on my nightstand, and read a little bit, up to 50 pages at a time.
-Nina E.
Moon Women by Pamela Duncan
The author is a North Carolinian and the story is set in the western part of our state. If you enjoy books by Rebecca Wells, Fannie Flagg or Adrianna Trigiani, you’ll like this too. It follows the trials of the Moon sisters and is a light-hearted look at typical family problems. An easy read with likable characters.
-Lynae V.

Fake News: Determining a Source

by Travis Sherrill

How do you know something might not be valid?

Unfortunately, in today’s society, lots of articles we read, videos we watch, news stories we hear, or even entire websites cannot be considered valid. So, the question becomes, how can we check the validity of a source?

The sources might not be verified. Does the article contain links to other sites that are external, or are different sites referenced? Does the author of a particular article quote that have authority or who are experts in that particular field?

Emotional appeal, Is the article playing on your feelings? Does it make you happy, angry, or scared?

Expert authors, Does the author provide credentials or tell more about their authority to write on that particular subject matter?

Other sources, Can the main idea of the article be found on other news outlets? Can you find other news articles that back up the same ideas or information?

Finally, Website extension, Is the information coming from a .com, .gov, or .edu site, or is it coming from something like a .com.co or other editions. .com, .gov, and .edu sites are typically most reliable, while .com.co sites are similar to the real thing but are often fake. An example of this is abcnews.com.co.