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BRAIN: Using your BRAIN to evaluate information

Is the article from a popular, peer reviewed, or trade publication?

Fake news as way to generate money

Constructing Public Opinion - Film

What is intent?


What is the purpose of the information provided?  Is it trying to persuade the reader?  Is someone profiting off of the information?  Is it intended to be funny or make a point using satire? Judging intent can be tricky.  This page will help give you some tips on how to evaluate the intent of an article or website.

Practical tips for evaluating intent

Tips for evaluating intent:

  • Who is the intended audience?
  • What is the purpose of the information: to inform, persuade, entertain or sell?
  • Is it trying to elicit an emotional response from the reader?

Limiting Proquest National Newspapers Results to Reporting

Proquest National Newspapers is a comprehensive collection of national newspapers that includes Christian Science Monitor, LA Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.  To limit to investigative reporting:

  • Try your search
  • Select Document Type
  • Select More Options
  • Scroll down the Document Type options and Include
    • News
    • Article
    • Front Page/Cover Story
    • Statistics/Data Report

Jon Stewart (Fake news as humor/satire)

The Daily Show: Jon Stewart (Bloomberg, 2010).  Films on Demand.

The Yes Men! (Fake news as political action)

The "Yes" Men. (Green Interview, 2012).  Films on Demand.