3. News Sources - Keep Informed, Do Research: When to use news sources
News sources are useful when you need…
- Breaking news
- Historical perspectives on a topic (what people were saying when something happened)
- A brief article for a short paper
- To learn more about a culture (place and/or time period) from its own sources
- To keep up with what is going on in the world
News sources are of limited use when you need…
- Detailed analyses by experts (such as scientific studies or statistical analyses)
- Multiple sources for a major paper/project
- Sources that must be scholarly (many news sources are not written by experts in the topic’s field, unlike peer-reviewed journal articles).
- Modern views on a historical topic
What situations work best for news? See if you know in Use News.