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Toronto Public Library publishes guide to spotting fake news

Guide comes at a time when the Internet is constantly flooded with real and fake news and it's getting harder to distinguish.

Toronto Public Library wants to help the public to identify and ultimately avoid fake news.

Torstar News Service file

Toronto Public Library wants to help the public to identify and ultimately avoid fake news.

In the world of social media proliferation, the Toronto Public Library knows it can be difficult for some of its clientele to tell the differentiate between fact and fiction.

To help the public safely navigate the web of alternate facts and fake news, the library has created an extensive guide on how to spot what’s real and bogus. The guide is available on the library’s website torontopubliclibrary.ca.

“We are bombarded by so much information, misinformation, and even disinformation on a daily basis,” said librarian Winona McMorrow, who worked on compiling the resource.

“The library has always been an important place people can go to get facts. We wanted to give Toronto residents a way to help find fact-based information and also to help them think critically, a crucial skill to success in our digital, information-rich world.”

Libraries across the United States have been leading efforts to dispel misinformation, especially among student communities.

Some tips on spotting a sham article include looking up the author’s name and qualifications, checking the “About Us” section of the publication, searching for similar news from other well-known publications and questioning the benefit of the article.

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