There are websites and other resources that determine if a news story is real or false. Snopes began as a place to search for 'urban legends', those crazy stories (one favorite is about the lady who dried her wet cat in the microwave oven - not true). Snopes now investigates news to determine if it is true or false and they are reliable. Look below for other fact finding sources.
The following sites investigate news stories - they use techniques discussed in Evaluating the News tabs and they have staff who are experts at evaluation.
7 Steps to Better Fact Checking from PolitiFact
Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts from NPR (National Public Radio)
How to fact check the Internet advice from American Press Institute (API) staffer Jane Elizabeth. Article by Brandi Broxman from Real Simple
T Two-source test
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