News and current events Guide

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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.

News Magazines in Flipster
View full issues of the following news magazines:

The Atlantic
National Review 
Newsweek Global
Newsweek Mexico en español
America's News Database
America's News (NewsBank)
The library's most important news database, it contains content from thousands of newspapers and news magazines across the United States, including the following local newspapers:
Click on this map to  browse news sources from around the world.
Getting full text of current events articles
Many online newspapers and magazines limit access to subscribers only. Others generate revenue with invasive ads. While it is understandable that these organizations need revenue, this can be frustrating for people who are doing research. Here are some tips to help:
  • Check library-licensed resources.
  • 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!
  • 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.

Defining Fake News
Test yourself

Take a quick test to see if you can spot fake news.

Fact-Checking Websites
One thing you can do to combat misinformation and fake news is to quickly search for a claim on one of the websites below before you share it online. In 30 seconds or less, you can get a sense of whether a claim is Mostly True, if It's Complicated, or if it's Mostly False. You don't have to rely on the ratings: these sites provide links to sources that you can check yourself.
Red flags

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.

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Other sections of this guide suggest some trustworthy and reliable news sources. But you may see information about current events on social media from an unfamiliar source. How do you know if something is "fake news"?
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:
  1. Who is behind the information?
  2. What's the evidence?
  3. What do other sources say?
Another way to think about this is with "four moves" skilled factcheckers use, the acronym for which is SIFT:
  1. Stop
  2. Investigate the coverage
  3. Find better coverage
  4. Trace claims, quotes, and media to the original context.
Source Bias
Many Americans don't trust the news media, yet most see reliable reporting as essential to our democracy (source: Gallup). One thing we can all do is try to identify the biases, or perspectives, of the sources we use and balance them by checking claims from other perspectives.

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
If you read an article on a topic in a newspaper that is trustworthy but leans slightly left (the New York Times, for example), compare it to a source that is also reliable but leans slightly right (the Wall Street Journal, for example). You may notice differences in word choice or emphasis, but the news reporting sections of both of these papers make an effort to be careful with the facts.

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.
Notice that often the opinion section of a news source is rated as more biased than the news reporting section. Want to know more about how to use these sites? Read Should you trust media bias charts? from Poynter Institute.
Sort Fact from Fiction Online with Lateral Reading
Resources for Instructors
The resources below will help instructors understand current issues and best practices in information and media literacy. Many include tips and activities for students to develop the skills to evaluate digital information.

Professional Reading

Featured! More: Resources to Use with Students

  • 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.
More News Databases
Historic Newspapers
The News in Print
@ the LBCC Library
Stack of newspapers
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
Lebanon Express
Salem Statesmen Journal
Atlantic Monthly
Bloomberg Businessweek
Christian Science Monitor
The Economist
Mother Jones
The Nation
National Review
New Yorker
More on the news
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. Their highly recommended section on Journalism and Media offers insights into media news and attitudes: