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FYS: Beliefs, Morals, and College Life

to be used in conjunction with assignment in Professor Olvera's class

Points of View fromMagazines

Points of View

In order to get information on all aspects of your topic you will want to find articles from a variety of sources offering different points of view. 

Need to find sources representing various viewpoints?

When you evaluate sources or choose the angle you want to cover in your papers and speeches, identifying point of view (a.k.a. subjectivity or bias) in sources is a vital skill. All publications have a viewpoint, which you can use to your advantage. By choosing sources that span a variety of points of view, you will collect sources that address various angles of your topic. Use those sources to either argue against or to support your thesis. Below are some popular magazines with their "bias" indicated.

For more information about bias in media, visit the web sites for FAIR: Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting  and Accuracy in Media . To find “non-mainstream” points of view in articles, search for your topics in Alternative Press .  

Radical Left Left (liberal) Center Right (conservative) Radical Right
  • Monthly Review
  • World Marxist Review
  • Nation
  • New Republic Progressive
  • Social Policy
  • Dissent
  • Contemporary Review
  • New Leader
  • Time
  • Newsweek
  • Commentary
  • Intercollegiate Review
  • National Review
  • Public Interest
  • Vital Speeches
  • U.S. News and World Report
  • Human Events
  • Modern Age


 (adapted from Santa Rosa Junior College, "Points of View" in Periodicals Guide)



Evaluating Sources -- The CRAAP Test

The critical evaluation of information is an essential skill when conducting quality research. It is also a skill that can be used throughout your life. It involves a combination of common sense, knowledge, skepticism, and verification. Not all of the information you find will be suitable.

With so much information available, in many different formats, and from many different sources, each piece of information that you select must be carefully reviewed or evaluated to ensure the quality, authority, perspective and balance that best supports your research. But what do you look for? It can be overwhelming.

Use questions from the CRAAP test to help evaluate sources(CRAAP acronym used courtesy of Meriam Library, California State University, Chico)