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What is fake news? Definitions from first-year college students.

Your Name and Title: Derek Malone, Assistant Professor, Instructional Services Librarian/Interlibrary Loan

Library, School, or Organization Name: University of North Alabama

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Southeastern United States - Alabama

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Information literacy instructors, academic librarians, media center specialists.

Short Session Description (one line): First-year college students were asked to define "fake news" throughout the semester on a sticky note and these are their responses. 

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): With "fake news" becoming a common term used in everyday language, the presenter was interested in how first-year college students would define "fake news" prior to any information literacy instruction. During required information literacy sessions in spring semester 2017, students (over 600) were asked to take a sticky note and define "fake news." No further instructions were given. The responses were collected and categorized based on commonalities. This presentation will help attendees better understand how first-year students define fake news and discuss strategies information literacy instructors can use to approach the topic. 

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