Here are 3 things to do to check a claim (for more details see the rest of the sections on this page):
Based on "Four Moves" from Michael A. Caulfield's Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers.
Someone else may have already fact-checked the claim. Here are links to a few fact-checking sites to consult:
Who is making the claim?
Go to their website to learn more about them:
Google Search Tip: Put quotation marks around the name of the organization you're searching for to ensure it's searched as a phrase (e.g., "American Heart Association"). Some unreliable sources name themselves in a way that is very similar to reputable sources, so the quotation marks will help ensure you find results with the exact name of the organization you want.
Search for the name of the organization and/or person who originally published the claim.
Search for websites (Google) or articles (from library resources, below) to learn more about the source (publisher, author, or creator of the site or information):
Search Tip: Put quotation marks around the name of the organization you're searching for to ensure it's searched as a phrase (e.g., "American Heart Association").
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