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Political Science (Lair): Online Sources

A guide to help students conduct research in Professor Lair’s political science classes.

Other Online Sources

When should I turn to Google?

While you need to be careful about online sources when working on research papers, sometimes the best place to look can be Google. 

  • Basic overview: Glance at Wikipedia, get your search terms, and then close that browser tab
  • Simple statistics and opinion polls: Pew can be the best place to get an idea of how the general population feels about a topic.
  • Non-Profit or Government Website: Use sites such as UN.org, Archives.org, or history.state.gov

Credible News Sources

Credible News Sources
Need information on current events, but afraid of getting biased information? Try these librarian approved sources.

Associated Press

Not-for-profit news wire service. The "definitive sources for independent journalism."

Reuters
Independent international news agency

Pew Research Center

Surveys on current events and public opinion.


 

How to Evaluate a Website

Credibility 

  • Is the information fair? 
  • Is it expressing a bias?

Accuracy

  • Was it fact-checked by an editor?
  • Are there spelling, grammar or formatting errors?
  • Is it reliable? 

Responsibility

  • Who wrote the information?
  • Who published the site? 
  • Is it an organization with strong opinions?
  • Is the page current?
  • Are there dead links?

Support

  • Are there sources? 
  • Where does the information come from?
  • Can you find the information elsewhere?
  • Is there contact information?

Assessing News Sources

Media Literacy Sources

Use the below sources to fact-check any questionable articles.

Media Bias/Fact Check

Rates individual news sources for accuracy and identifies potential bias.

PolitiFact

Fact checks and rates claims made by politicians for accuracy. 


Activities

Test your skills with these games:

Get Bad News - Game
Learn the ins and outs of how fake news in disseminated by running your own Twitter empire. 

Facticious - Game 
Test your knowledge of fact-checking with this game.