Welcome to the Liberal, Conservative & Non-Partisan Periodicals Research Guide!
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. For questions on the guide, please contact librarian, Jessica Kiebler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on evaluating sources for disinformation, visit the library's Real News vs. Fake News LibGuide.
The viewpoints of a periodical's editors, authors and mission statement guide the information shared in that source. Journalist objectivity is the goal of many news sources however, as a critical consumer, you should be reading for signs of bias and viewpoint at all times.
“These are the social issues: gay rights, gun control, abortion and environmental regulation, among others. And if you think the Times plays it down the middle on any of them, you’ve been reading the paper with your eyes closed.”
— Daniel Okrent, Public Editor of the New York Times (in a Times column dated 7/25/2004)
When researching for your assignments or just engaging with information on a daily basis, be aware that some periodicals and sources will be biased. Magazines, newspapers, and journals may identify with a specific political or ideological point-of-view, or be catering to a specific audience and this will determine what (and how) information is presented. The video below describes the timeline of information creation and how facts can be used (or skewed) through this process.