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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Fact Checking, Verification & Fake News

This guide was created by the Research Center at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism

Verifiable Information - What do I Check?

What Do I Check?

  • proper names
  • place names
  • references to time, distance, date, season
  • physical descriptions
  • references to the sex of anyone described 
  • quotations (and facts within quotes)
  • any arguments or narrative that depends on fact

Source: The Fact Checker’s Bible: A Guide to Getting it Right, by Sarah Harrison Smith

For a deeper probe into verifiability, look at the metadata. Here's how to read it.