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Research Paper Help

The videos and other resources on this guide are designed to help you learn more about the research process. Learn about how to refine your topic, structure an effective search, use a database record, search on the open web, cite your sources, and more.

Misinformation and disinformation

What is misinformation?

Misinformation is incorrect or false information that is spread without an intention to be misleading.

What is disinformation?

Disinformation is incorrect or false information that is spread with an intention to be misleading.

For some interesting discussions of misinformation and disinformation (articles):

Technology scholar Danah Boyd on the spread of conspiracies online (video):

Quick check!

Want to make sure you understand the difference between misinformation & disinformation? Check your knowledge here.