Library and Knowledge Services – Boost your skills for spotting false (health) information

The internet and social media are full of facts and opinions. Most are balanced and informative, but poor-quality health information can be misleading and can encourage harmful behaviours.

This course will give you the confidence and skillset to spot false (health) information.


This course will give you some practical tools to ‘test’ if health information can be trusted and signpost you to trusted health and fact-checking sites.


What will I learn?

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Recognise what we mean by ‘critical understanding’ and ‘media literacy’ and how these can keep us safe online,
  2. Recognise how poor-quality health information can impact us,
  3. Implement strategies to assess the quality of (health) information,
  4. Discover a range of trusted sources of health information and fact-checking.


While most of the examples in this course are for assessing the reliability of health information, you can use the strategies to help you spot ‘fake news’ about non-health topics.


How long is the course?

60 – 75 minutes


Please note:

Completion certificates are not issued for e-Learning courses. However, if you need a certificate, please contact us.

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