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Don't Believe Everything You Read

Publishers usually have some level of 'quality control' over the information they publish. However, this review process varies so much that your own assessment is important.  

-Quoted from Southern Utah University

Magazines v. Journals

Popular magazines usually only have internal editorial control over what is published. Quality control for this type of publisher is usually based on how well the publication sells. On the other hand, quality control for the publishing of a peer reviewed journal or a book from an academic press is based on it's acceptance by experts or specialists. -Quoted from Southern Utah University

Are the Library's Books Good?

Books in the Newton Gresham Library have been selected by trained professionals in the given subject area.

This added level of filtering lends another level of authority or reliability to the publication. It does not guarantee, however, that the viewpoints expressed in the book are universally accepted. A quality collection includes multiple viewpoints, representing a balanced perspective on a given topic. -Quoted from Purdue Libraries

Good vs. Bad

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Newspapers & Stations Report the Truth, Right?

 "A staff reporter for The New York Times committed frequent acts of journalistic fraud while covering significant news events..." (more)

"Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States..." (more)

Fact Check Your News

Here are a few resources for you to fact check the news you read:


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