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Fake News and Media Literacy: Fake News Resources

Help with research

"Obama Celebrates Last Christmas as President by Banning Baby
Jesus from The White House." America's Last Line of Defense, 
the lastlineofdefense.org. Accessed 26 Mar. 2017.

Student research work can be a healthy mix of authoritative/credible open-web resources combined with the more traditional things that academic libraries provide.  Here's a list of recommended sources when combing through activities related to news, information & media literacy.  

Ask a librarian, we would love to help out with your work!

RECOMMENDED DATABASES TO SEARCH
ProQuest Newsstand Many hundreds of United States newspapers (including Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News) dating back twenty years.  Great for searching out evidence of "did he really say that?"

Access World News Again, hundreds of papers, but this time with a strong international collection.  What does fake news mean in the Ukraine? Or in Saudi Arabia?

CQ Magazine and CQ Researcher  Created and run as a journalism resource showing multiple sides of U.S. issues, especially under review for action via legislation & policy review.  Fantastic resource for students in general.

Communication & Mass Media Complete The scholarly arm of the study of communication studies and analysis.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts In addition to all the resources above this may offer insight into how media and the democratization of information has changed the political world we live in over the past decade (and past few months).

Sociological Abstracts (Dale Larsen's note: somehow, some way, this database has always been a major source of insightful finds for me and I can't help but recommend it now :-)

SCOPUS and Web of Science  Important: multidisciplinary and massive -sort your search results by "number of times cited" and your literature reviews and search for high impact articles will be easier (note: the list on the above-right was created this way)

Marriott Library Catalog
perform a keyword search -then sort by "books"
suggested keyword search (cut and paste and customize to your search)

Suggest a purchase!
The Marriott Library welcomes your suggestions in purchasing news print (or the new favorite, e-books) as well as DVD's, streaming media requests, journal and database requests. Just ask!

 

Recommended Resources

The Real History of Fake News | Columbia Journalism Review (article)
Recommended by Dr. Kimberley Mangun | Department of Communication

Getting It Wrong: Debunking the Greatest Myths in American Journalism (book)
By W. Joseph Campbell
Recommended by Dr. Kimberley Mangun | Department of Communication
Note: this is linked to a Marriott Library e-book copy -if you're not on campus, log in to off campus access

Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning
by the Stanford History Education Group
Recommended by Dr. Natasha Seegert | Department of Communication

Fake news and the spread of misinformation 
Articles recommended by Harvard's Kennedy School

Lists of known sites and fact checkers

A great exercise is to actively take a look at known fake news websites (or those that have been mistaken as genuine authoritative sources).

Known Fake News Websites
Wikipedia: List of Fake News Websites (short list)
Merrimack College: Dr. Zimdar's Working Website List for OpenSources.co (expansive list)
Fake News Watch: (tidy list -now featuring 'click bait'!) 

Fact Checker Sites:
Snopes.com
Hoax-Slayer
FactCheck.org
Politifact.com

Highly Cited (high impact) articles of note

In China, an early incidence of hidden and competing interests who hired authors to comment on bulletin boards, make faceook posts and other media outlets.
Chen, C., et al. "Battling the Internet Water Army: Detection of Hidden Paid Posters." Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013, pp. 116-20. Scopus, doi:10.1145/2492517.2492637.

The movement of satire news entertainment: from entertainment, to more serious news source.
Balmas, M. "When Fake News Becomes Real: Combined Exposure to Multiple News Sources and Political Attitudes of Inefficacy, Alienation, and Cynicism." Communication Research, vol. 41, no. 3, Apr. 2014, pp. 430-54. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0093650212453600.

Early look into the power of news satire from a more global perspective.
Baym, G., and J.P. Jones. "News Parody in Global Perspective: Politics, Power, and Resistance." Popular Communication, vol. 10, nos. 1-2, Jan. 2012, pp. 2-13. Scopus, doi:10.1080/15405702.2012.638566.

Early observation of millenials' wariness of traditional journalism
Marchi, R. "With Facebook, Blogs, and Fake News, Teens Reject Journalistic 'Objectivity.'" Journal of Communication Inquiry, vol. 36, no. 3, July 2012, pp. 246-62. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0196859912458700. 

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