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Fake News: Misinformation, Disinformation, and Malinformation

How to tell real news from fake.

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Susan Thomas, Instructional Services Librarian

Susan Thomas


This research guide was created and maintained by Sarah Cohn, Instructional Services Librarian, until 2018.

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


Recommended News, Opinion, and Magazine Sources

Here are links (in no particular order) to free content online for US-based, reliable news and magazine sources, ranging across the political spectrum. Some publications limit the number of free online articles per month.  Most of the publications listed here are available full text, without limit, through Pace University Libraries. (The only negative is that some multimedia content or images may be missing.)

Use the JOURNAL FINDER tab on the library website to identify the database that includes a particiular newspaper or site. if you love a publication or site, consider subscribing individually.

The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston GlobeThe Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, ForbesThe Atlantic, Al Jazeera, The Nation, National Public Radio, The Christian Science Monitor , Mother Jones, Harper's MagazineNational Review, PBS NewsHour, Jacobin, The Economist, The Pew Research CenterDemocracy Now, and Vice.

Recognize that 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.

Be critical of the sources people share on social media. Even media literate people will sometimes repost without reading (much less fact checking) first.

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.

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