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Political Bias in Periodicals

Bias in Periodicals

Periodicals that cover politics and current events may have a political or cultural bias.  This may be reflected in their choice of topics, the opinions expressed, or the solutions proposed.  An awareness of bias is important when you select the sources for your research.

To detect bias, keep the following in mind:

There are times when it’s appropriate to use sources with a bias. When you’re examining a controversial issue, you’ll want to be aware of what folks on both sides are saying. But regardless of what you’re trying to do, you always need to be AWARE of any bias in a source.

For more tips on evaluating your sources, visit the library’s Evaluating Your Sources guide.