Answered By: Harry L. Whitlock II Last Updated: Jul 05, 2017 Views: 16
In general, journals published through the peer-review process by professional scholarly organizations are reputable and trustworthy. If in doubt about the veracity of an article or publication, please contact the library for assistance.
Determining the reputability of mainstream media sources can be more problematic because of the inherent biases of news consumers as well as sources. The following links are to well-researched reports on various media organizations b the Pew Research Center, a noted non-profit, non-partisan research group. In particular, on page 5 of the first link is a useful chart of "Trust Levels of News Source by Ideological Group."
- Pew Research Center, Political Polarization & Media Habits, October 21, 2014 (ratings obtained from page 5 of the pdf report).
- Pew Research Center, You Don’t Really Have to Know a News Outlet to Trust (or Distrust) It, November 10, 2014.
Three trusted, non-partisan fact-checking websites are:
- Politifact (Tampa Bay Times)
- FactChecker (Washington Post)
- FactCheck.org (Annenberg Public Policy Center)
Three other fact-checking websites that are useful depending on the topic are:
- OpenSecrets.org (tracks political and campaign contributions)
- The Sunshine Foundation (seeks transparency and accountability of government)
- Hall of Justice (criminal justice data by state; on The Sunshine Foundation website)
- Snopes (.com website known for debunking urban legends and internet myths)
The image below is of a graphic produced in 2016 by Vanessa Otero that gives a graphical representation of liberal, centrist, and conservative media.
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