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FFL100 - First Year Experience - Pothier-Hill: News Sources

News Reporting

News reporting today has changed due to a variety of factors. Technology is probably the largest force driving news reporting today. It impacts how we access news, how much news we can access, how we interact with news, and how we spread news. News today is transmitted at such a rapid speed and vast volume that it is difficult for us to fact check it all. 

Where we decide to get our news involves a variety of factors which also influences what news we choose to believe. Some of the news sources listed below are biased, inaccurate, or false, and some of the sources are accurate and credible Examine the news closely to determine its validity. Don't rely on whether you agree with it or not. That is not a measure of accuracy. Use some of the tools in this Libguide to help you evaluate the news.

history of news reporting in the U s

inverted news pyramind

bias in news sources


Deciding what to believe in today's complex information landscape takes critical thinking, soul-searching, and unbiased fact-checking. Consider asking yourself whether you believe that a news source is accurate because:

  • you agree with it
  • it agrees with what you've seen in other sources
  • it looks and sounds like a professional new piece
  • it's from a source you're familiar with

In fact, none of these are criteria for evaluation. Critical thinking requires stepping outside your comfort zone and asking yourself "how do I know what I know?" It also requires asking the same of the sources you choose to use. Where does your information come from? 

Finding News in Library Databases

It's all about the filters. Becoming familiar with filters, or even knowing to look for filters can help you find news articles in many of our general databases. Here are a few we recommend:

Info in a Snap

Snap! Search - Stop searching and start finding. Search most of our resources at once and find what you need.

SNAP! Search

Use the Snap! Search limiters to narrow down your results by selecting source types, subjects, date ranges and more. These limiters will be located on the left side of your results.

You can also use the Advanced Search to refine your search results. 

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The TX All Text option will give you more results by searching the full-text of the document for your search terms. Use caution with the other options in this list, they may not do what you think they should. For most searches, it's best not to select an option. Use the TX option when you don't get any or many results.