When conducting research as well as In your daily life, you will encounter countless information sources, from books and articles to television to the internet....
It is paramount to your research to be able to evaluate the source so you can understand when and where it is appropriate to use that source. This skill is vital when you are conducting academic research as well as being an informed citizen.
Understanding a source's bias, from who is funding the research to the motives of the organization, will help you evaluate that source.
In this guide, you will find several different resources for identifying bias in articles, books and government information.
One way to detect bias is by examining the source of the information - or who is providing funding to different information sources. You can often identify bias in a news source after asking these questions:
Who owns and/or produces the resource?
Does the resource have a particluar mission or goal?
Is there an apparent political lean?
How will that influence the selection and reporting of stories?