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



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


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


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


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.



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.

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