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POL 101 - American Government - Textbook

Resources supporting POL 101 students at Hostos Community College.

Learning Outcomes

  • To be able to differentiate opinion, news and editorial news articles
  • To use the C.R.A.P. method to evaluate online sources to use in your coursework
  • To develop the citation (in APA style) and paraphrase skills you will be asked to practice this semester

Opinion, news or editorial? Readers often can’t tell the difference (Poynter Institute)

In print, it’s fairly clear what’s an opinion piece and what’s a news article. Online, things aren’t so clear. Confusion fuels readers’ complaints that opinions, political agendas and bias are creeping into reporters’ work. . . Research has shown that a lack of labeling can lead to reader confusion. In recent years, online news outlets have begun including the word “opinion” in bold text at the top of articles, sometimes highlighted in yellow or even directly in the headline. Click on the link below to access the assigned reading.

Using the C.R.A.P. Test to Evaluate Websites

Credit Where Credit is Due (Portland State University Library)

APA 6th Edition (Humber Libraries)

Paraphrasing

Attributions