Information on how academic libraries are addressing misinformation, disinformation, propaganda & fake news.

Rutger University Libraries

Initiatives by Rutgers University Libraries librarians to address misinformation, disinformation, propaganda and fake news.

  • Truth or Fiction? A Byrne Seminar taught by Leslin Charles   

  • Evaluating News Sources,  a research guide on evaluating news sources and avoiding fake news by Katie Elson Anderson.

  • Fake News,  a course guide for English 102 in Newark dedicated to the examination of fake news and non-credible data by Roberta Tipton

  • The evaluation of resources and importance of sorting out misinformation, disinformation, propaganda and fake news is being incorporated into many library instruction classes by librarians in English 102 and other courses.

  • A Fake News workshop was offered at Paul Robeson Library on 3/14/19 in partnership with the Learning Resource Center

  • Katie Elson Anderson was a panelist on a campus wide forum, “Alternative Facts? On Speech and Politics in a Post-Truth Era“, March 2017.

  • Katie Elson Anderson as guest lecturer on Fake News in Camden history class “Fake News: Hoaxes, Conspiracy Theories, Propaganda, and Persuasion in Historical Perspective”

  • Presentation by Jill Nathanson and Mei Ling Lo: “If it is on the internet it must be true: how to develop information literate students in the ear of fake news”, Rutgers Online Learning Conference, March 12, 2018.

  • Presentation by  Jill Nathanson and Mei Ling Lo: “Recognizing Fake News in a World of 24-hour News Shouting and Social Media Sharing”, Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies, April 19, 2018.

  • Predatory Publishing: Getting Start(l)ed, a research guide to assist with Open Access publishing by helping to identify potential non-scholarly, for profit only publishing practices, also known as predatory publishing by Judit Ward



Additional sites and information on libraries and fake news:

University of Michigan teaches a 1 credit course on the topic and has made the course materials available here:

University of Michigan Library, “Fake News,” Lies and Propaganda: How to Sort Fact from Fiction :

American Library Association, Evaluating Information:

Penn State University Libraries, “Fake News”:

Fordham University Libraries, Fake News:

SUNY Geneseo MILNE Library, Decoding Fake News:

Fake News: A Library Resource Round-Up from ALA Public Programs Office: