How to evaluate a source
*** You can see a tutorial for how to evaluate a source below or on youtube.
Why do I have to evaluate my sources?
Just like you need to check the expiration date on food before you eat it, you need to check that your informaiton is reputable before you consume it.
We live in a time where access to information is high, and the creation of information is rapid. That is a great thing! But it also means that we have information coming at us from all directions, all the time. Unfortunately, not all the information available to us is reputable, true, accurate, well researched, confirmed, valid, believable, honest, useful, etc.
Lucikly, it is not difficult or time consuming to check your sources. It should only take 1-3 minutes per source.
3 Helpful Sites for Evaluating a Source:
- MediaBiasFactCheck - This website is awesome for checking the biases and reputation associated with news sources. It will give you info about the source's political leanings and reputation which helps you decide if your source is reliable.
- Open Secrets. Tracks how much and where candidates get their money.
- WHOis.net - find out who owns a website or domain name. You can then search for that person or organization's reputation and biases.
Protip! You can use Media Bias Factcheck.com to check your source's evaluation!