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."

Three trusted, non-partisan fact-checking websites are:

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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