We are bombarded with news and information every day.
This guide provides a variety of resources to help you become a more savvy and critically-informed information consumer.
Do you know the website or source of information? Check your bearings and consider your purpose.
Know the expertise and agenda of your source. Look up your source in Wikipedia. Consider what other sites say about your source. Open multiple tabs and explore.
Look for the best information on a topic, or scan multiple sources to find out what the consensus is. Use Ctrl + F to find specific words.
Find the original source to see the context, so you can decide if the version you have is accurately presented.
The CRAAP test is one quick way of checking to see if your sources are credible and good to use for your research.
How current is the information?
Is the information related to your needs?
The author's expertise
Is the information correct?
The reason the information exists
When trying to spot bias, ask yourself these questions:
Is it news? Opinion? Ad? Does it appeal to your emotions, or does it make you think?
Are the sources given? Are the sources associated with a political party or special interest group?
What’s the evidence, and how was it vetted? Is the source a document? Witness? Or is it hearsay/speculation?
Did the sources provided justify the conclusion or main point of the story?
Was there an aspect or point that was not covered or unclear that you are left wondering about?
Based on questions from the American Press Institute.
"Evaluating Sources for Credibility" by Anne Burke, Lisa Becksford, Daria Dorafshar, Andreas Orphanides, and Josephine McRobbie is licensed by CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US