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POL 380: Evaluating Sources

Library resources for POL 380

Test your ability to judge online resources

Fakeout Quiz  

See how you do at determining whether information is true or false.  Are you as good as you think?

(Note: The canonical version of the Check Please Starter Course exists here, which is the version written by Mike Caulfield.)

NYTimes Quiz

Can You Spot the Deceptive Facebook Post?

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News Quality Infographics

The most helpful aspect of the following charts is their indication of quality news outlets.  The bias indicator in the charts is less helpful.  Remember that bias in and of itself is not a problem.  Everything that is written has a bias or perspective, including outlets that are pictured in the middle.  Always remember that a center perspective is still a bias and that there is no such thing as a neutral perspective

by Andre Ellingson and Shannon Horton from Deborah County Community School District

Scholarly vs. Popular Articles

Scholarly journals are written by experts in their fields for students and researchers. Most are peer-reviewed.
Popular magazines and newspapers are written by journalists or others for general readers.