Consider the source: click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission, and its contact information
Read Beyond: Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What's the whole story?
Check the author: do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real?
Supporting sources:click on those links. Determine if the information given actually supports the story.
Check the date: reposting old news stories doesn't mean they are relevant to current events.
It is a joke? if it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure.
Check your biases: consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgement
Ask the Experts- ask a librarian, or consult a fact checking web site