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Evaluating News Sources

Newspapers are excellent primary sources that capture reactions to events as they happen, and they are valuable records of the past and information sources for the present. That said, not all news sources are trustworthy or reliable. Knowing the reputation and political purposes of a newspaper are essential when assessing its value as a resource.

Critically evaluate the news sources that you choose to use in your research by considering the following:


  • Who is the article intended for?
  • Is the language used appropriate for the intended audience?


  • Is more than one side of the issue discussed?
  • Does the information seem to be well-researched?
  • Are sources given?


  • Why was the article written?
  • Is it meant to inform, persuade, entertain, or influence opinion?
  • Is there a political, social, or commercial agenda at work?