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FOX BIO190/191 - Environmental Science: Finding Reliable News

Who?

  • Who created this? What are their qualifications/background?
  • Were there other people that helped to create this? Editors, producers, song writers, etc. 

What?

  • What did you find? Book, article, website, statistic, photo, song, etc.
  • Is this a type of source that you can use for your assignment?

When?

  • When was this published?
  • Does the source need to be published recently? Historically?
  • What is the timeframe covered by the source?

Where?

  • Where did you find this? Library, Internet, etc. 
  • Where was it published? Journal, Book, Magazine, Website, etc. 

Why?

  • Why was this source created? What is the purpose?
  • Why is this source useful for your research?
  • Why does this source fulfill your assignment requirements?

Tips for Smarter Reading

1. DON’T BE SUCKERED BY HEADLINES. If it sounds too good
(or too bad!) to be true, it probably is. Read the
whole thing!
2. EVALUATE THE SOURCE, AND THEIR SOURCES. Who’s
writing, and who are they quoting? Can you find
the original?
3. CHECK THE FACTS, and don’t believe what you read
until you’ve confirmed it, preferably with more than
one good source to corroborate what you read.
4. LEAVE YOUR THEORIES AT THE DOOR. Your biases can
lead you to disregard real news and gravitate
toward things that confirm your perspectives. Be
open to challenging truths!

With thanks from SUNY-Potsdam College Libraries