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ENG 102 Embedded Librarian Session: Evaluating Sources


This week's readings and exercises begin with a brief explanation of the history of bias in media outlets in the United States. On the next pages you will read about the political spectrum in the US and the various biases of different news outlets. Attention is paid to different expressions and types of bias. After the relationship between politics and mass media is more fully understood, we will look at the difficulties of using mass media to inform the public about scientific findings. Be sure to watch all the videos and follow all the links!

The readings and exercises should take at least two hours of dedicated, focused work, so be sure to set aside some time. By completing this module you will:

  • Retrieve information in a variety of formats using various information resources. 
  • Evaluate information resources for authority, credibility, and currency.

Follow all links on the page. 

"Economic Crisis Studied in Online News Media" by MyEyeSees is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Due at the end of this module: 

Understanding Authority Assignment

Readings and Exercises:

This week you will learn about authority in relation to information sources. Evaluating resources through the lenses of authority, credibility, and currency will help you to choose the best resources for your research paper. Go to the next tab, A Political Sliding Scale, to get started