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SPC 1608 (Lima): Home

About Credibility

News & Magazine Articles

News and magazine articles can be found in library databases.

News can be accessed directly from trusted news outlets on the web, tv, or radio. Examples:

News can be accessed through aggregators. Examples:

Other ways to access news:

Is there bias in the news? Can even reputable news sources have bias? The short answer to these questions is yes. Recognizing biases in the news is key to understanding your topic well. The following links can help:

Click the links below to view infographics that help explain which news outlets are politically left, center and right leaning.

This video provides tips for recognizing and avoiding fake news articles.

Scholarly Journal Articles

Many library databases provide scholarly journal articles on various subjects. Here are three interdisciplinary databases to get you started.

Authority refers to who wrote or published the research and their credentials or qualifications for being considered an expert on the topic. While peer review is generally a good indicator of quality, be aware that scholarly journals and scholarly journal articles should still be evaluated. Some journals are considered more authoritative than others. Also, journals occasionally retract articles that turn out to have problems with bias or accuracy after the fact. 

Here are some resources for evaluating journals and journal articles:

Websites

  Formal Informal
Examples
  • Reputable News Outlets
  • Professional Organizations
  • Educational Publishers
  • Scholarly Journals
  • Expert Individuals / Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Personal Web Sites
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Online Forums
  • Content Farms
  • Social Media

What they have in common

  • Expertise
  • Editing PRIOR to publication
  • Research/Evidence-based information
  • Intent is mostly to inform
  • Unverified expertise / amateurs
  • No editing/editing AFTER publication
  • Not necessarily researched
  • Intent is to entertain, sell or mislead
Suitability for college-level research Suitable or might be suitable  Typically not suitable; exceptions are possible

Use the following rubric to evaluate the credibility of websites.

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