Fake News: Online Tools

Fact Checking Resources

Snopes.com logo Snopes.com covers urban legends, rumors, e-mail forwards, and other stories of unknown or questionable origin. Snopes is created and maintained by a small staff of researchers and writers and receives no funding in any form from any person, group, agency, or organization (source). 


From FactCheck.org's "Our Mission" page: FactCheck.org is 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. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding."


undefined NewsGuard is a browser extension that provides rating labels for online news sources. It rates the credibility of news sites according to their general trustworthiness and whether or not they have a history of running fake news stories. These ratings are created by qualified journalists and based on a publicly available list of criteria


undefined AllSides aggregates news stories from all around the web and provides media bias ratings for each. Top news stories from outlets rated left-leaning, right-leaning and centrist are displayed side-by-side to give a well-rounded picture of the media's coverage of current events. 


Politifact logo reading: Politifact, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

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"PolitiFact started in 2007 as an election-year project of the Tampa Bay Times (then named the St. Petersburg Times), Florida’s largest daily newspaper.

From the beginning, PolitiFact focused on looking at specific statements made by politicians and rating them for accuracy. PolitiFact is run by the editors and journalists who make up the PolitiFact team. No one tells us what to write about or how to rate statements. We do so independently, using our news judgment...

PolitiFact has several companion websites. PolitiFact runs PunditFact, a site devoted to fact-checking talking heads... Other PolitiFact state sites are run by news organizations that have partnered with PolitiFact. The state sites follow the same principles as the national site."

Source: "The Principles of the Truth-O-Meter: PolitiFact’s Methodology for Independent Fact-Checking"

See also: PolitiFact Ohio.

Reverse Image Search

Use Google Search by Image to find websites that contain a specific image. To use Google Search by Image, go to images.google.com and click the camera icon. This will allow you to either paste an image URL or select an image file from your computer to search. The search results will show other websites that have posted the same or similar images. This is helpful when trying to determine the original context of an image that may be being used to help falsify news reports.  

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