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Evaluating Sources

Introduction to Bias & Perspective

What is Bias? Bias refers to the tendency of a person, group, or institution to favor or oppose certain viewpoints, ideas, individuals, or groups over others. It influences how information is presented, interpreted, and perceived.

What is Perspective? Perspective is the particular lens or viewpoint through which information is observed, interpreted, and communicated. Perspectives are shaped by a multitude of factors, including cultural background, societal norms, personal experiences, and ideological beliefs. 

Evaluating Information for Bias

1. Consider the source of the information you are evaluating.

  • Is it clear who created or owns the information? If so, who are they?
  • What advertisements appear in the source? Are they relevant to the content or source of information?

2. Next, take a closer look at the information itself. 

  • Does it have a clear political bias?
  • Does the content present all relevant facts?
  • Does it cover both sides of an argument fairly?
  • What kind of language does the author use? Is it strong or exaggerated?
  • Does the author support their claims with evidence? Can you find their sources through links or citations?