Internet Sources for articles
It's important when you are looking for articles on political issues on the Internet to be careful about what the source of a website is. Many websites (especially blogs) are mostly opinion. You want to stick with sources that are more journalistic.
Why should I evaluate web sites? Can't I just trust everyone's website?
- Take a look at the following websites and see if you can trust them:
- Dissing the King ~ a cautionary tale detailing how websites are not always what they seem
Using and Evaluating Information Sources
Using Search engines to find Internet articles
We all use Google. There's nothing wrong with using Google. It's very useful for certain kinds of searching. The problem is that for the kind of articles you need to find for your assignment, Google won't help you figure out what kind of article you are looking at, whether or not it's a blog or journalism. Also, although Google is a great way to start looking for information about a topic, it's not very efficient when looking for news articles on a topic--which is your assignment.
Online news sources
Most news sources have websites with articles on them. Some of these online magazines will let you read articles for free, some of them want you to pay. You should never pay for an article you find in a news source on the Internet. If you find an article on a website and the site wants you to pay for it, check our list of journals and newspapers available online; then search for your article in the appropriate database. If you still can't find it ask a librarian for help!
Here are some links to online news sources:
Against the Current
Insight on the News*
U.S. News and World Report*
* Current issues of these magazines are also available for browsing at the library. Journals and magazines are arranged alphabetically by title.