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News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2016


A majority of U.S. adults – 62% – get news on social media, and 18% do so often, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center, conducted in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In 2012, based on a slightly different question, 49% of U.S. adults reported seeing news on social media.1




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Is the author an authority on the topic?

Google the author's name to learn more.

Can you contact the author of the page?

The domain can give you clues:

The Whitehouse  

The Whitehouse

The Whitehouse

Look for credibility clues like About Us, Who am I and FAQ's. 



Is the content reliable, accurate and documented?

Is the information unbiased, fair, balanced and concerned with the truth?

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Martin Luther King

You can do a link search to learn what others think about the page:

In Google type: link:

Your results will show other sites that have chosen to link to this page.  The site is likely credible if respectable institutions have links to it.

Hoax site can be fun but don't use one by mistake in your research





When was the site last updated? Is the information up-to-date enough for your research?

Is the website being maintained? Are links broken or pictures missing?



How well does this support your academic research needs? 

Did you use the best keywords to get the best results for your topic?

Try a Google Advanced Search



The truth is important!

A majority of U.S. adults, 62%, get news from social media.

Facebook battles to banish News Feed clickbait.

Report from Stanford on the Trouble Students (K-12 and Higher Ed) Have Judging The Credibility Of Information Online -- Complete Report

For more accurate information:

Consider using books from our library 

Use a subscription database such as EBSCOhost from the Santa Cruz Public Library.

Try a Google Advanced Search

Use a fact-checker:

This is what the world looks like - with and without fact-checking

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