When evaluating a web source, magazine, or newspaper article keep these things in mind:
- The author.
- Who wrote it?
- Can you click their name and see a bio or if they've written and published anything else?
- Are they an expert in their field or a trained reporter or just your Uncle Gary yelling about Millennials on Facebook?
- The website or publication.
- Are there tons of pop up ads?
- Does it look like it hasn't been updated since 2003?
- Is there an "About" link that tells readers what types of content are being published and who is publishing them?
- Is it trying to sell you anything?
- It is okay if an article is not completely objective, just be aware of that if you intend to use it.
- Subjectivity is not the same as propaganda. Try to familiarize yourself with these differences.
- If you disagree with it, that doesn't immediately make it wrong. Try to be aware of your biases as you evaluate articles.
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Examples of Reputable Internet Sources
- The Atlantic Monthly
- Pew Research Foundation
- The Guardian
- The New York Times
- The Boston Globe (look for their Spotlight pieces, which are incredibly thorough and well-researched)