Fake News, Lies, and Propaganda! How to Sort Fact from Fiction

Fake News Poster

The Library and Learning Commons is hosting a guest speaker on the topic of Fake News.  Angie Oehrli, Learning Librarian from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor will visit and discuss “Fake News, Lies, and Propaganda!: How to sort fact from fiction.”

What questions should we ask ourselves as we watch or read the news? Join us for this discussion as we use critical thinking skills and practical strategies to evaluate the news.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 1-2:30pm | Library & Learning Commons 2nd Floor West | Snacks will be provided!

This event is sponsored by GRCC Campus Common Reading, Instructional Support, and the Library and Learning Commons. Questions? Contact Antoinette (Toni) Harrington, 616-234-3555.  Check out our Fake News Subject Guide.



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New Films on Demand Streaming Videos

Films on Demand database screen

Take a look at these neat streaming videos recently added to GRCC’s e-collections! This month, Films on Demand (FOD) added over 300 new videos – on topics spanning: business marketing; careers; communications; criminal justice; environment; ethics;  gerontology;  health; hospitality; psychology; social geography; to, technology.  Videos contain either closed captioning or transcripts, so FOD meets GRCC’s accessibility guidelines.

For more options in streaming video, see the Multimedia & Image Resources Subject Guide.


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How to Recognize Fake News Videos Available

Fake News graphicHow to Recognize Fake News is new to GRCC’s streaming video collection. Think of fake news as a disease. Without knowing how to identify and stop its spread, information literacy is at risk, especially among audiences whose critical thinking skills are vulnerable. This video series equips viewers with tools to spot the stories and images that are false, biased, altered or slanted, even those shared by trusted friends or family. Easy tips to detect and check fake news will encourage scrutinizing material for opinion, inaccuracy or misrepresentation. Target audiences learn how to avoid being duped by fake news and may be less quick to click until they know what’s real and what’s not.

For more on this important topic, see the Fake News Subject Guide.






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New York Times Sign-Up Event

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On Tuesday, January 30, librarian Pete Lewandoski will provide hands-on help for students, faculty, and staff who wish to sign up for their FREE New York Times online subscription.

  • Applied Technology Center 2nd Floor Lobby – near Art & Bev’s
  • 11:30-1:30

NYTimes.com Group Passes are provided by GRCC’s Library & Learning Commons and the Social Sciences Department on a trial that will end in August.

For details, see GRCC’s New York Times Subject Guide.

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State of the Union Address

On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, President Donald Trump will fulfill his constitutional duty to “give to the Congress Information on the State of the Union.”   Take a look at the American Presidency Project (APP) for all the State of the Union Addresses through history.  The APP is a non-partisan nonprofit organization hosted at the University of California, Santa Barbara. and is a leading source of presidential documents on the internet.

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Official portrait of President Donald J. Trump, Friday, October 6, 2017. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

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