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Current News

This guide offers a starting point in finding current news publications via the Bentley Library. Includes U.S. news, international news, and more. Includes directions on how to register for NYT, WSJ, and FT accounts.

How do I know if this news is reliable?

News spreads rapidly and at times it can be difficult at first glance to determine whether that news is real or reliable. The following are some ways to stay vigilant when you're consuming the news:

How to Spot Fake News: Consider Source, Read Beyond, Check Author & Supporting Sources, Check Date, Is it a Joke?, Check Bias, Ask the Experts - From IFLA

Check the source.

Did the information come from a reputable source? For example, does it come from a known newspaper such as The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, etc? Do you recognize the title of the source? What kind of expertise or knowledge from the author gives credibility to the information being shared? Also, does the source you are receiving your information from share where they have found this information or other evidence that supports their claims?

Tip: If you are looking at news on the web, check out the URL and the website. Look at the "about" section of the website. Is there anything there that seems suspicious? What are some of the other headlines on that site?

Check the content.

Don't just look at the headline! Read the content. Does it match what the headline is saying? Is this an article or does it seem more of an opinion piece/editorial? Does the information seem accurate based upon information that you already know to be true? Are there any links included in the article that lead you to more information from a reliable source?

Check another source.

Can the information in your source be verified in another reputable source as well? Does the original source show bias to a particular side or viewpoint? Check another source to see if information is found on the same story and compare the information found in the two. 

(And if you're curious, Snopes has a Fake News Archive.)

Watch this quick video that can help show why checking multiple sources is important:

Check the facts.

There are various fact checking sites that can be used to verify the accuracy of claims made in the news. Below are some examples:

Looking at reports of polling? FiveThirtyEight has created a list of ratings for various polling groups based on historical accuracy and potential bias.

For some additional resources and tips, check out:

News Dissemination

Ever wonder just how quickly news or stories can spread? The following tools offer a way to help visualize the spread of information:

Still not sure? Contact a librarian!

Bentley Reference librarians are here to assist. Contact us for research help:

Phone 781.891.2300
Text 781.728.0511

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Research Consultations with a librarian are also available. Schedule an appointment here. 48 hours advance notice appreciated.