Fake news consists of “news articles that are intentionally and verifiably false, and could mislead readers” (Allcott and Gentzkow, 2017, p. 212). They are created and circulated for two main reasons. The first and most common is financial: news articles that go viral on social media can bring considerable earnings. The second reason is ideological: one might want to circulate their beliefs by creating false news.
Fake news has always existed, but has become more widespread due to social media use, where there is no fact-checking or editorial judgment. Because of that, it is important to have tools to evaluate news articles encountered on social media.
Databases are a great place to search for individual articles from newspapers, magazines, and academic journals.
While many news and magazine articles may also be found with an internet search engine, our subscription databases can provide you with access to older articles that are not available online and other pay-per-view materials, plus additional options to refine your search. As far as scholarly articles go, databases should be your first stop! Most scholarly literature is not freely available.
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