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Political Science

This guide is intended to help you start your research in Political Science. You will find selected online, electronic and print information sources available through the library.

Finding Reliable Information

Fact Checking Tools

First Draft News: short videos on how to fact check

Bias in Media Sites

Evaluate News / Newspapers - from allgeneralizationsarefalse.com

Evaluate Images  

Try a Google Image reverse search

TinEye Reverse Image Search

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Don't believe everything you read. Ask some critical questions about every website:

Who

  • Is the author easily identified?  - check for an "About us" link
  • Why should I trust what they say?  - check author's reputation in Google
  • Are they credible?  - look for relevant educational qualifications and professional experience

What

  • What type of information is provided?   - personal opinions? research findings?
  • Does the author cite sources so that you can verify the info?   - confirm in other sources
  • Are the sources scholarly?   - see features of scholarly journals

Why

  • Is the author trying to sell something?   - watch especially with .com websites
  • Does the author or organization have a political or ideological bias, and only present one point of view?   - look them up on Google

When

  • How current is the information?   - look for sites that are updated regularly;  some areas can change rapidly, e.g. medicine, law

How

  • Is the site logically arranged?   - avoid sites with many dead links
  • Does the site look professional?   - not full of misspellings