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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.
Boston Globe This link opens in a new window
Access daily local and national news stories. Good resource for primary sources (1980 - Present)
News (Gale) This link opens in a new window
Research current news stories from around the world. Includes full text access to major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world.
New York Times This link opens in a new window
Access daily regional, national, and international news stories. Good resource for primary sources (1980-Present)
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:
Academic OneFile This link opens in a new window
This database allows users to select the relevant source type 'news' or to search only 'news' source types when running an advanced search.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context This link opens in a new window
When viewing topics, this database breaks out results into source types. Use the advanced search to search for your topic and select only 'news' source types.
Info in a Snap
Snap! Search - Stop searching and start finding. Search most of our resources at once and find what you need.
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.
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.