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Town Hall Research Guide: News Sources


You are expected to find and evaluate accurate sources for your assignments. If you can't determine whether or not the article or website you're reading is reliable, refer to the ABCD or CRAP tests in the Evaluating Sources tab of this guide.

Avoid CNN, Fox News, and other "infotainment" news sites, unless your professor tells you otherwise. These sites are typically more focused on selling ads than informing their visitors.

The titles on this page are available on their websites. If you can't access an article without a subscription, look up the newspaper or magazine title in Browzine to find it in an SU database. Some library databases are easier to use than others; ask for help if you need it! 

Reputable News Sources

These are examples of the largest "reputable" newspapers. There are many others. 

The New York Times

The Washington Post

The Wall Street Journal

Los Angeles Times 

Chicago Tribune

The London Times

Searching and Browsing Newspapers in Factiva

Follow these instructions to search major news sources and browse today's newspaper.

Other Reliable Sources

Examples of non-newspaper news sources:


Associated Press

The Economist Magazine

Christian Science Monitor



If you question the reliability of a source, your professor has the final say on what you can use.

Fact Checking Sites

If the information you're finding doesn't seems suspicious or biased, use the sites below to fact-check or find alternate news sources. A project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center.
SciCheck From the well known Annenberg Public Policy Center; the site focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy.
Politifact Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-check site.
Snopes Award-winning fact-checking site.
All Sides Multiple angles on the same story.
Open Secrets From the nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics, the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. A national media watch group, offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship.
Media Bias Fact Check A comprehensive media bias resource.
All Sides Bias Ratings Provides readers a sense of the political leanings of the source.