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SW 4100: Social Work Research Methods: Newspapers & Media


Find news articles

You can access many news resources directly online yourself. However, you may find yourself running into paywalls. You can access some subscription content through the USU Libraries if you run into this issue.

Here's a master list of all our newspaper databases and collections:

Two recommended databases are these:

Cite news articles

The APA Style website provides guidelines for properly citing newspaper articles in APA (7th edition).

If the article is from a news website that does not have a daily or weekly newspaper (e.g., NPR, CNN), format your citation according to the guidelines for citing a webpage on a news website.

Evaluate news articles

Different media sources present issues in different ways, depending on their goals, audiences, journalistic practices, and possibly, political position. This site gives you a lens into how the same issue can be represented in media sources across the spectrum.

Think like a journalist

Journalists follow a code of ethics. Does the source you're looking at seem to follow those guidelines? When evaluating the news, think like journalist, investigating the source, its claims, and the evidence it's using to support those claims.

Librarian Mike Caulfield's SIFT model can help with this: Stop. Investigate the Source. Find trusted coverage. Trace to the original.

You can read more on his website or skim the infographic below:

Infographic, "SIFT: Evaluate Information in a Digital World"

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Consult resources to help you fact-check

The following resources can help you with fact-checking.

Identify fake news

The following infographic from IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) gives you some additional tips.

Infographic: How to Spot Fake News