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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, use the strategies offered on 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.

Many news sites restrict how much you can access without a subscription. If you run into a paywall and cannot access the full text of an article:

  • Search for the newspaper or magazine title in BrowZine
  • Search for the article in the databases on this page
  • Ask the Library for help

Reputable News Sources

These widely read and well-established news sources are generally regarded as reputable.

However, be aware that newspapers also contain opinion pieces and editorials that most likely do not meet the same standards of reliability and objectivity as their news coverage.

  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Los Angeles Times 
  • Chicago Tribune
  • The London Times
  • The Christian Science Monitor

Examples of non-newspaper news sources:

  • Reuters
  • Associated Press
  • The Economist
  • ProPublica
  • AllSides

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

News Databases