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POLS 1101 - Roberts-Lewis (Douglasville) - Spring 2018

Critically Analyzing Information Sources

Here's a great link to a page on the Olin & Uris Libraries of Cornell University website on how to perform an "Initial Appraisal" and "Content Analysis" of articles.

Critically Analyzing Information Sources
Used with permission from:

Research & Learning Services
Olin Library
Cornell University Library
Ithaca, NY, USA

Analysis & Evaluation Questions

The template at this link covers "How to Analyze the Logic of an Article" and "How To Evaluate An Author’s Reasoning" by posing questions to consider about an article.

Evaluating Sources

Recommended Websites

General Websites on Controversial Issues

ProCon is a non-profit website that presents free, unbiased, and sourced information (with citations!) on many controversial issues along with videos and links to other resources. Any information that presents a point-of-view or opinion rather than fact is clearly labeled for the position (pro or con) that it presents.

Public Agenda is a non-partisan organization that researches and presents information on a variety of controversial issues, including immigration, foreign policy, race, voting, education, energy and climate change, healthcare, and national debt/spending. Try searching the library for information in your issue.

Pew Research Center

The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan American think tank based in Washington, D.C., that provides information on social issues, public opinion, and demographic trends shaping the United States and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis, and other empirical social science research. It does not take positions or present opinions.

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