Information Integrity in the Era of Fake News

An Experiment Using Library Guidelines to Judge Information Integrity

Melanie Rügenhagen 1 , Thorsten Stephan Beck 2 ,  and Emily Joan Sartorius 3
  • 1 Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft, HEADT Centre, Unter den Linden 6, Berlin, Germany
  • 2 Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft, HEADT Centre, Unter den Linden 6, Berlin, Germany
  • 3 University of Michigan, School of Information, 105 S State St, Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America
Melanie Rügenhagen
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  • Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft, HEADT Centre, Unter den Linden 6, D-10099, Berlin, Germany
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, Thorsten Stephan Beck
  • Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft, HEADT Centre, Unter den Linden 6, D-10099, Berlin, Germany
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and Emily Joan Sartorius
  • University of Michigan, School of Information, 105 S State St, Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48109, United States of America
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Abstract

In this article we report on an experiment that tested how useful library-based guidelines are for measuring the integrity of information in the era of fake news. We found that the usefulness of these guidelines depends on at least three factors: weighting indicators (criteria), clear instructions, and context-specificity.

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