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Resources for Evaluating News Sources
AllSides.com presents current news stories from the right, left, and center. It can help you see how stories are being reported across the political spectrum.
Media Bias / Fact Check
Media Bias / Fact Check lists news sources and provides information about whether they have a political slant.
Wikipedia can give you background information on a source's history, political leaning, and reputation.
UC Merced News Source Spectrum Poster
This poster presents UC Merced librarians' evaluation of where news sources belong in terms of bias. We were inspired to create this poster after seeing this chart created by Vanessa Otero -- http://www.allgeneralizationsarefalse.com/chart-3-1-minor-updates-based-constructive-feedback/.
Snopes.com investigates internet rumors / photos / information. If you see a meme or photo online that seems questionable, there is a good chance Snopes has checked it out & reported on it.
Evaluating Sources for Credibility
North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries, 3:14
- What words can be used to describe a credible source?
- What factors contribute to a source's credibility?
- What warning is given about bias?
- What is the editorial process called for academic journal articles?
- When selecting sources, what else must you consider beyond credibility?
Questions to Ask
If you are not sure about the accuracy of information you find online, ask yourself these questions:
- Where was the information published?
- Does the source of the information tend to have a particular bias?
- Does the information appear in other credible sources? (For example, if you find information in one source but can't find any other sources that back it up, the information may be questionable. For breaking news stories, usually one source will report and then others will pick it up.)
- Is the information presented in a way that elicits a strong emotional reaction? (This doesn't necessarily mean it's bad information, but take with a grain of salt.)
- For photos, can you find where the photo first appeared? It is easy to fake photos, or to present them out of their original context.