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Misinformation - Get the Facts

A Quick Reference Guide on Information Consumption; Tools to Encourage Individual Agency

Whats the Harm in Misinformation

What is in this guide?

This guide is intended as a starting point for research on information misuse and related issues. It is not intended to be comprehensive.

The resources included are a mix of databases licensed for use by UC Irvine faculty, staff, and students and freely available internet resources. Community users who wish to use a licensed resource should visit a campus library for assistance.

The individual pages (blue tabs at left) are outlined below.


  • What is Misinformation? -- provides basic definitions of some of the terms used in the arena of misinformation. Many of the terms used have specific meanings and can not be used interchangeably as synonyms
  • How do I Evaluate Information? -- find resources to assist in the evaluation of information using an example study of faculty, students, and fact checking researchers, via videos and visuals
  • Why Is It So Believable? -- take a quick dip into the psychological depths of why and how misinformation is used in today's social environments, be aware of how we filter information we read daily
  • For Instructors -- whether a student, librarian or instructor, if you want to keep learning about misinformation, check out the links to build your knowledge