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As more people are getting their information from social media, it is getting harder to tell fact from fiction.

Two years ago, Stanford a study showing that students are unable to tell fact from fiction. Google and Facebook announced plans to crack down on fake news sites.

So what can you do to help you and your network keep the fake news out of your feed? We suggest arming yourself with our 5 favourite tools to fact check, clarify, and gain knowledge and peace of mind online.

Amazed woman reading fake news on her smartphone.

Here are our top 5 ways to spot a news story:

5) Snopes fact-checks Internet rumours and stories

4) PolitiFact or verifies political news stories

3) FakeNewsWatch has compiled a list of fake sites

2) Use TinEye or Google reverse image search to find out where a photo originated

And best of all...

1) Ask a librarian

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