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Real News vs. Fake News

How to tell real news from fake.

Library Databases

Use Pace University Library subscription databases to find news from reputable sources. Your tuition dollars help fund these subscriptions. 

It's true that many newspapers and other media organizations provide free news articles on the Internet, but many sources such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,  and The Washington Post understandably restrict what is available to encourage subscriptions. Newspapers like The Guardian offer news articles for free but attach a request for financial support to each article. The Pace Library makes these newspapers available to you, but some features such as multimedia or photos may be missing.

Wire Services & Press Agencies

Media Bias

Even typically reliable sources, whether mainstream or alternative, corporate or nonprofit, rely on particular media frames to report stories and select stories based on different notions of newsworthiness. The best thing to do in our contemporary media environment is to read/watch/listen widely and often, and to be critical of the sources we share and engage with on social media.

Here are some websites that can help you identify media bias.

Getting Help

If you have more questions, ask a librarian! 

We are here to help you.

Stop by the Information Deck in person, visit the Ask a Librarian link to chat, e-mail, or call for answers to your research related questions, or contact me: / 212.346.1051



Susan Thomas, Instructional Services Librarian

Susan Thomas


This research guide was originally created by Sarah Cohn, Instructional Services Librarian.

Content adapted from Northern Essex CC, Indiana University East, Big Bend CC, and Antioch University. Thank you!