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DVS 101, Thomas: Critical Thinking: News & Bias

Use this guide for DVS 101.

For the second assignment, you will:
think critically
learn tips for evaluating a website
find tips for spotting fake news
explore bias in the news
review sites for objectivity

What is Critical Thinking?

from Macat


Evaluate Websites

google search

The following are some general, basic criteria to consider when evaluating resources:  

Accuracy
Does the information presented seem accurate?
Are the facts verifiable?

Authority
Who is the author?
What expertise does he or she have on this topic?
Who sponsors the site?
Check the domain name (.org, .edu, .gov, etc.) to determine if it is a university, business, organization, or an individual.

Objectivity
What is the stated purpose of the site?
Examine the "About..." or "Mission" links on a web page.
What position or opinion is presented and does it seem biased?
What kind of sites does this one link to?

Currency
On what date was the page created?
Do you need more current information?
Do links on the site still work?

Use
Would you quote information from this site in a college research paper?


Media Bias

This graph depicts where a media source falls in reliability and the liberal / conservative range.

media bias chart

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