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IDSC11H3: Issues in Global and International Health

Use this guide to begin your research for IDSC11.

Newspaper Databases

Leftist/Progressive Journalistic Sites

Argentina-based

Australia-based

Canada-based

India-based

Kenya/ Senegal-based

Latin America-based

Malayasia-based

Middle East-based

UK-based

US-based

Zimbabwe-based

Evaluating News Sources

Newspapers are excellent primary sources that capture reactions to events as they happen, and they are valuable records of the past and information sources for the present. That said, not all news sources are trustworthy or reliable. Knowing the reputation and political purposes of a newspaper are essential when assessing its value as a resource.

Critically evaluate the news sources that you choose to use in your research by considering the following:

Audience:

  • Who is the article intended for?
  • Is the language used appropriate for the intended audience?

Objectivity:

  • Is more than one side of the issue discussed?
  • Does the information seem to be well-researched?
  • Are sources given?

Purpose:

  • Why was the article written?
  • Is it meant to inform, persuade, entertain, or influence opinion?
  • Is there a political, social, or commercial agenda at work?

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