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Fake News

What is fake news? Why should you care? How can you avoid it? Find out all this and more, in the UVic Libraries Fake News Guide.

Spotting health mis- and disinformation

Misinformation surrounding science and health can be especially harmful. We use this information to make important medical decisions for ourselves and our families, and bad information can have serious consequences. Use the resources below to develop your scientific literacy skills, so that you can successfully search for, understand, and evaluate health information. 

COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines an infodemic as "too much information including false or misleading information in digital and physical environments during a disease outbreak" and acknowledges that this deluge of information can lead to mistrust of governments and public health responseAlthough not an entirely new word, the use of "infodemic" has risen exponentially since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more about infodemics and COVID-19 mis- and disinformation below.

Debunking health myths

Fact checking sites often must tackle health-related claims. See the sites below for fact checks of health and COVID-19 specific information.

Getting credible health information

Though not an exhaustive list, check out some of the sites below for credible health and COVID-19 related information.

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