Resources for evaluating news sources and avoiding fake news

Durham Tech Library has created an extensive online guide to help with evaluating and categorizing news sources.  You’ll find links to videos, infographics, articles, books, ebooks, handouts, games and activities, a research study from Stanford, and much more!

Feel free to link this guide to your Sakai course sites and share with students.

We also have some new books in the library for further reading and discussion on this important topic:


Call Number: PN 4888 .P6 S35 2017











Weaponized Lies

Call Number: BC 177 .L486 2017

debunk it

Call Number: BC 177 .G736 2014









For fun, play the Factitious game to determine if stories are true or false.  This game was created by American University:

Let the library staff know if you have recommendations for additional resources to add to the guide.




What We’re Reading: Durham Tech’s Favorite Food-Themed Books

Just a reminder that Durham Tech will be closed Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 23-25.

The Main Campus Library will close at 1:00 on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Regular hours (library and other) resume on all campuses Monday, Nov. 27.

In a repeating series highlighting current and recent reads around Durham Tech and just in time for the season of eating, here’s Durham Tech’s awesome faculty and staff’s favorite culinary or food-related reads:

Need help finding a book in-library or requesting a book through ILL or don’t yet have a library card? Ask in the library.

Have any suggestions of books to add to the list? Email Meredith Lewis, OCC Librarian.

Is your department, club, campus, committee, or subgroup interested in participating in a What We’re Reading blog post? The goal of the What We’re Reading posts is to highlight books, professional literature, blogs, or any other things you might be currently reading or have recently finished. Contact OCC librarian Meredith Lewis for more information.

What We’re Reading: Get in Trouble

Title: Get in Trouble: StoriesGet in Trouble

Author: Kelly Link

Genre: short stories: magical realism, science fiction

Why did you choose to read this book?

According to the book’s back cover, one of my favorite authors, Michael Chabon, called Kelly Link “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction.”

What did you like about it?

The book delivered “dark playfulness” as promised! I don’t read much magical realism or science fiction, so both of these elements in her writing were refreshing. I think some of the stories are allegorical. Each story contains a thread of humor and absurdity. Continue Reading →

What We’re Reading: Take Out

Take Out book cover

Available on the New Book Shelf at the Durham Tech Main Campus Library

Title: Take Out: A Mystery

Author: Margaret Maron

Read by: Mary Kennery, Library Technician

Genre: Mystery

Why did you choose to read this book?
I read all of the Deborah Knott character series of books. This is the first Sigrid Harald, a  NYPD homicide detective, book that I tried.

What did you like about it?
I like to read a mystery. I enjoyed learning about the new character (for me). The neighborhood residents each had a rich history.

Did it remind you of any other book, or a movie?
Margaret Maron concluded the Deborah Knott series 2015 with Long Upon the Land. Now she has returned years later to Sigrid Harald.

Was there anything noteworthy about the book?
This is a take out (murder) with take out (food.) It was quite an interesting case! Many colorful suspects had motive and opportunity.

What feeling did the book leave you with?
A need to read the other books in the series! One Coffee With (first in series) was published in 1981 and Fugitive Colors (last in series until now) in 1995, so there is a big gap until Take Out was released in 2017.

Whom would you recommend the book to?
Margaret Maron fans. Sigrid has a Southern grandmother with family ties to Deborah.

What would you pair this book with?
New York diner food – not usually poisonous!

This book is available now on the New Book Shelf at the Durham Tech Main Campus Library!

What We’re Reading: Sourdough

Sourdough by Robin Sloan book cover

Available on the New Book Shelf at the Durham Tech Main Campus Library

Title: Sourdough
Author: Robin Sloan
Genre: Uh… contemporary tech fiction with a light touch of magical realism?
Read by: Meredith Lewis (Orange County Campus Librarian) & Courtney Bippley (Main Campus Librarian)

Why did you choose to read this book?

M: Honestly? The description was really interesting– a San Francisco robotics engineer “adopts” a mysterious international sourdough starter and gets involved in a secret underground farmer’s market. With a weirdo plot like that, this book could have been really charming or really stupid. (Spoiler: It was super charming.)

C: Meredith told me about it and said it was a happy book. I hadn’t read a happy book in a long time so that was very appealing.

What did you like about it?

M: I’ve been not-unfairly accused of reading too many sad and depressing books this year. (But they were good depressing books!) I needed something lighter and happier and this book fit that bill perfectly. The characters weren’t evil, the plot was interesting, the outcome was satisfying– it just worked. And it was happy! I read most of it with a bit of a grin on my face. (How often do you get to say that about a book?)

C: Oprah saying "I love bread."

Did it remind you of any other book, or a movie?

M: It kinda reminded me a little of Strega Nona and Like Water for Chocolate, but that’s only because the sourdough starter takes on a life of its own.  

C: It reminded me of the 1999 movie Simply Irresistible. The movie was more of a romance than this book was but the theme of a [magical item here] helping your cooking skills and your life is similar.

Who would you recommend the book to?

M: Anyone who likes food novels, contemporary fiction, or pretty much anyone– it really was a great book. In fact, I think I have recommended it to almost everyone. 

C: Anyone who likes easy reads and magical realism. Or who just wants a nice palate cleanser book.

What would you pair this book with? 

M: Some fresh sourdough. Duh. (Preferably non-sentient.)

C: A trip to the farmer’s market and some spicy take-out.


Post-Halloween New Books

These books may not have any sugar in them, but they are still pretty sweet. Read one while you’re waiting for that sugar-induced haze to pass.


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