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Getting out the truth: the role of libraries in the fight against fake news

Oliver Batchelor (Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, Colorado, USA)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Publication date: 12 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to inform library professionals on the issues, impact and methods of addressing misinformation in news.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper discusses the history, scope and impact of fake news and the tools available for correcting misinformation.

Findings

Fake news and misinformation are widespread and detrimental to democracy. A misinformed electorate undermines the political system.

Originality/value

The paper does not present original findings, but it presents many useful tools for library professionals to use as a means of promoting critical thinking.

Keywords

Citation

Batchelor, O. (2017), "Getting out the truth: the role of libraries in the fight against fake news", Reference Services Review, Vol. 45 No. 2, pp. 143-148. https://doi.org/10.1108/RSR-03-2017-0006

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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