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Writing 114 (Hothem): Popular Sources

Science News Directories

Science News & Magazines in Academic Source Complete

Search Academic Search Complete to locate science news and magazine articles. When searching: 

  • Refine results by selecting Magazines for source type.
  • You can also filter by date, subject, publication, etc. on the far left of the results page.
  • Too many results?  Consider searching in the title field only for your terms.
  • Search this subset of Academic Search Complete to search.

Evaluating Magazine & Newspaper Articles

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RAD- CAB
R- Reliability

  • Can you verify this information with another resource?
  • Does this sound reasonable/ believable?

A- Authority

  • Who is the author?
  • What credentials do they have in this field?
  • What makes them an expert on this topic?
  • Who published/ sponsored this resource?

D- Date

  • When was it published?
  • When was it last updated?
  • Have any major events related to this topic occurred since this was updated?

C- Citations

  • Does it cite other credible sources?
  • Are the citations written correctly?
  • Are all facts and figures either cited or directly from the author’s own work?

A- Audience

  • Is it written for a college-level audience?
  • Do I understand everything it is saying?
  • Does it go into enough depth with the topic?
  • Is a popular resource appropriate or should I seek out scholarly resources?

B- Bias

  • Is the writing factual and opinion-free?
  • Is the author/ publisher trying to sell you something?
  • What are your own biases on this topic?
  • Does the author acknowledge dissenting opinions and counter them?

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