News Sources can take the form of print or electronic newspapers, can be radio or television based programs, and can be shared/utlized in a multitude of ways. While news sources aren't scholarly research sources, they can provide a wealth of information about current events and help you in everything from piecing together historical events to determining a marketing plan for a business.
Trained journalists strive to maintain integrity and professionalism as indicated in sources such as the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. However, as with all human endeavors, some bias is to be expected, which is why there are so many sources of news. Each source can give us a different perspective on an event. When it comes to using and evaluating news sources, it's good to keep in mind that using multiple news sources can help the reader see an issue from different perspectives and provide a mechanism for avoiding confirmation bias.
This guide is designed to help you locate Current and Historical News Sources, both freely available sources and subscription services available through Paul Meek Library. The Using News Sources in Research tab will provide you with information on how, when, where, and why to use news sources in research, along with information on citing news sources. The Evaluating News Sources tab provides a basic how-to on evaluating news sources, along with providing a list of fact-checking services available on the web. And check out the Fake News and Social Media tab for a definition of fake news and related concepts.