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Research Tools for a Post-Truth World: Fact-Checking Resources

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Fact-Checking Resources

This year Oxford Dictionaries selected "post-truth" as their word of the year. Oxford defines "post-truth" as "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’."

The term has seen a spike in frequency this year in light of the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States. In recent months media outlets have shown a spotlight on the difficulty the general public has in separating fact from fiction in the wide array of Facebook posts.

Here are some reliable resources to help you fact-check sources you come across in the news and online.

FactCheck.org

 "A nonpartisan, nonprofit 'consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases." Includes tips on "How to Spot Fake News" and SciCheck, focusing on false and misleading scientific claims

MediaBias/Fact Check

“An independent online media outlet… dedicated to educating the public on media bias and deceptive news practices.” Ranks news sources as left-leaning, right-leaning, or unbiased and also indicates how factual most of the reporting for that site tends to be. 

PunditFact

Another project of the Tampa Bay Times “dedicated to checking the accuracy of claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers, political analysts, the hosts and guests of talk shows, and other members of the media."

Snopes.com

"The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation."

             The Washington Post: Fact Checker

"The purpose of this Web site, and an accompanying column in the Sunday print edition of The Washington Post, is to “truth squad” the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance, be they national, international or local."