The ACT UP Method (explained here)
A - author. Who wrote the resource? Who are they? Background information matters.
C - currency. When was this resource written? When was it published? Does this resource fit into the currency of your topic?
T - truth. How accurate is this information? Can you verify any of the claims in other sources? Are there typos and spelling mistakes?
U - unbiased. Is the information presented to sway the audience to a particular point of view? Resources unless otherwise stated should be impartial.
P - privilege. Check the privilege of the author(s). Are they the only folks who might write or publish on this topic? Who is missing in this conversation? Critically evaluate the subject terms associated with each resource you found. How are they described? What are the inherent biases?
Use fact-checking resources like these to help you determine whether what you read or hear is true. But keep in mind that even fact-checking websites should be examined critically.
Checks the accuracy of political statements, news, and claims. A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
This professional networking site can be used to check the qualifications and expertise of authors.
Media Bias / Fact Check
Aims to call biased or deceptive news and media practices
Nonpartisan fact-checking website to sort out the truth in American politics. The site's "Truth-o-meter" helps separate "fact from fiction" in political statements, including advertisements, from races around the country.
The Poynter Institute / Fact-Checking Resources
The world’s leading resource for journalists to engage and inform the public in democratic societies.
Since 1995 this site has been used to fact-check "urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation."
Washington Post Fact Checker
Fact checks political and governmental topics.
This short video from Michigan State University is a good place to learn what types of things to look for when evaluating news and media sources. It's worth watching in its entirety, but we've posted some tips below, too!
Michigan State's Quick Check
Michigan State's Critical Thinking Check