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Fact Checking Workshop

A Tale of Two Articles

  • What are the facts presented in these articles?
  • Is there a date of publication?
  • Is there an author?
  • Does the language used seem unbiased and free of emotion?

Fact Checking Activity

Media Bias Chart

New York Times ( Pass Activation & Log In Instructions

NYT Registration (First-time Users):

  • While on-campus or off-campus, go HERE
  • Log in with your OneLogin credentials
  • On the NYT registration page, click "Create Account"
  • Choose how you want to log into your NYTimes account (Google, Facebook, Apple, or input your email address)
  • Click "Create Account"
  • Check inbox for confirmation email


  • You have successfully claimed a Pass when you see the Start Your Access screen.



  • Now you can have full access to and NYT mobile apps just by logging into your account:

  • Visit to download your free NYT apps.

How to Get Started

Wall Street Journal

  1. Cañada College subscribes to the Wall Street Journal.  Students, faculty and staff can access the subscription at 
  2. You will be brought to the OneLogin page. Enter your SMCCD credentials to sign in. This is the same username and password you use to get into Canvas.
  3. Complete the Create Account form with your information, selecting whether you are a student, staff, or faculty member. 
  4. You will see a confirmation screen if you have registered successfully. A confirmation email will also be sent to you.
  5. Verify your account by following the directions in the email that has been sent to you.
  6. Enjoy your access! This account will last for one calendar year before you will have to renew your account.
  7. Once you have an account, you can go directly to and login with the username and password you used to register.

Fact Checking Video

Have you ever seen an article posted onto Facebook that made you angry? Have you ever shared a link you found on Twitter without reading the linked article? Odds are the answer to at least one of these questions is yes! But how can you tell if that article or video you shared is real and/or accurate?

Figuring out the difference between what's credible and what's manipulative falsehood takes thought. According to a study by Stanford University more than 80% of high school students could not identify a sponsored advertisement from a real news story. Another study in 2016 by computer scientists at Columbia University and the French National Institute found that 59% of links shared on social media are never even clicked. Using fact checking methods you can better identify accurate and reliable information.

This video from CrashCourse by author Jon Green explains how to do fact checking like the experts.

You can also watch The Facts about Fact Checking video on YouTube

Lateral Reading Video

Lateral reading is a technique used by professional fact checkers to verify information. This video from Brandon Wilkinson from the Linfield Library will give you an overview of how to do lateral reading.

You can also watch the Lateral Reading Tutorial video on YouTube