This page features some of the most popular and important news sources provided by the LBCC Library and tips on how to get the full text of articles. The second tab, Evaluating News, contains a variety of resources for both students and instructors to help navigate the news in an era of misinformation. The final tab, More News and Journalism Resources, contains a more exhaustive guide to resources that can be accessed through LBCC Library's subscriptions and selected free resources.
- Check library-licensed resources.
- The Library has access to the full text of many newspapers and magazines through our subscription databases. You can search for availability of all newspapers, magazines, and journal titles, including popular titles like the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today.
- To see if the Library has a specific article, or search for a general topic, you can use the FindIt search tool.
- Search free web sources. Here are some news sources that are freely available. Some even have Creative Commons licenses, meaning you can copy them into your Moodle course if you want, as long as you provide attribution!
- The Associated Press. The original source of much syndicated news.
- The Conversation. Current events analysis by academic experts. Published under a CC BY-ND license.
- NPR News. An independent, nonprofit media organization founded to create a more informed public.
- ProPublica. Nonprofit investigative journalism. Articles available under a CC BY-NC-ND license.
- Contact a librarian. Still can't get the article you need? Ask a librarian! They may be able to assist you with Interlibrary Loan or other ways to access the resource.
Take a quick test to see if you can spot fake news.
Infographic courtesy of the American Library Association
Watch out for "sponsored content" that looks like news but actually is paid for by an advertiser. Sponsored content is designed to promote a product or service. The samples below show how sponsored content presents as part of the publication and doesn't immediately stand out as an advertisement.
The tactics and habits on this page help you evaluate the claims and sources of current events information on the web. One way of evaluating information is to spend a lot of time assessing the credibility of one source, like with the CRAAP Test. Newer research suggests that a more accurate and efficient approach focuses less on one source and more on lateral reading, or seeing what other sources say. Three questions you can ask are:
- Who is behind the information?
- What's the evidence?
- What do other sources say?
- Investigate the coverage
- Find better coverage
- Trace claims, quotes, and media to the original context.
Bias is not the same as trustworthiness or reliability. A trustworthy or reliable news source:
- Clearly distinguishes factual reporting from opinion or commentary
- Abides by journalistic standards and corrects false information when it's brought to their attention
You must be much more skeptical of the information in the opinion section. Pundits and commentators are not held to the same standards as journalists. They often seek to sway your emotions rather than to inform you.
The sources below will help you evaluate the bias of news:
- Wikipedia. Encounter a source you're not familiar with? Look it up on Wikipedia to quickly get a sense of its purpose and biases.
- All Sides. Provides a chart showing the bias of major news sources and current news stories that are tagged as being left, right, or centrist.
- Interactive Media Bias Chart. Many news sources rated on both reliability and bias by Ad Fontes's analysts.
- Teaching in the Age of Disinformation: Propaganda and conspiracy theories are everywhere. What’s a professor to do? Chronicle of Higher Education.
- Students Fall for Misinformation Online. Is Teaching Them to Read Like Fact Checkers the Solution? Chronicle of Higher Education.
- Media Literacy Standards to Counter Truth Decay. RAND Corporation.
- Citizen Literacy. University of Louisville Libraries. An online toolkit that promotes the development of key information skills for democratic citizenship and features short videos, handouts, and activities that faculty across all disciplines can integrate into their courses and assignments.
- Check Please! Starter Course. Teaches students how to fact and source-check in five online lessons, taking about 30 minutes apiece.
- Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers. An in-depth OER text by Mike Caulfield, developer of the popular Four Moves & a Habit (SIFT) approach to web evaluation.
- Civic Online Reasoning. Stanford University. Includes videos and activites to use in the classroom.
- CTRL-F. A verification skills module from Canadian nonprofit CIVIX, including videos and interactive online activities.
- Debunking Handbook 2020. George Mason University. Summary of the current science of misinformation.
- Teaching the Nature of Science using Pseudoscience: A Semester-long Curriculum to accompany any Introductory Science Course. Dr. Douglas Duncan, University of Colorado.
- The Commuter archive
- Historic Oregon Newspapers
- Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, 1789-1925
High-quality, digitized newspapers from all over the U.S.
- Google News Archive
@ the LBCC Library
Look for the following newspapers and news magazines in our Reading Room:
The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
Albany Democrat Herald
Corvallis Gazette Times
Salem Statesmen Journal
Christian Science Monitor