1. Consider the source
Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact information.
2. Read beyond
Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What's the whole story?
3. Check the author
Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real?
4. Supporting sources?
Click on those links. Determine if the information given actually supports the story.
5. Check the date
Reposting old news stories doesn't mean they're relevant to current events.
6. Is it a joke?
If it's too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure.
7. Check your biases
Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgement.
8. Ask the experts
Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site.