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Understanding News Sources

The purpose of this guide is to provide information and resources on the role of news and magazines and how to evaluate them for bias.

Checklists for Bias

What questions should you ask about a source to determine bias?

Find valuable questions to ask yourself in the sources below. 

Sources to Help Identify Bias

Need a quick reference for the political bias ? These "bias-checking" sites periodically review the news from a source to evaluate for bias and give it a rating from liberal to non-partisan to conservative. 

Screenshot of a search for Reuters on

Types of Bias

What does bias actually LOOK like in a news source? The News Literacy Project has put together a list of types of biases and examples of how they might appear in writing other than just political bias. 

Lateral Reading

One way to identify bias is the practice of lateral reading which involves opening up more browser tabs to find additional information about the source you are reading. The video below explains why this is a valuable practice with useful examples. 

(Video Credit: "Check Yourself with Lateral Reading: Crash Course Navigating Digital Information #3" by CrashCourse with John Green)