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Eastern Washington University Libraries

FYE Voices of Refugees

Dr. Beth Torgerson

Newspapers & Magazines

After selecting your topic and reading some background information, I would suggest to look for articles from newspapers and magazines to find out what various news organizations have written about refugee resettlement in general, or a specific group of people. We have national-level sources, as well as regional newspapers. If you are interested in what is being reported in other countries, try the International Newsstream.

Evaluating News Organizations

How can you find out the reputation of the magazine, newspaper, or organization that published the information? Google the name to see what others are saying. If it is a real news organization, there will be a Wikipedia entry on it.

  • Note: The ones in the library databases are traditional news organizations, or opinion magazines that have been around for quite some time.

A very useful tool for a thorough evaluation of over 6,000 news organizations and major think tanks is NewsGuard. It's a subscription service, but if you use the Microsoft Edge browser (desktop or app), you can download the extension for free.

Go to within the Edge browser, for directions about adding the extension.

For the App version, go to the Microsoft Edge settings, and click on News ratings. Turn it on. When there is a rating for the news site, you'll see the icon in the address bar.

Once you have NewsGuard installed, you'll see a green, gray, or red icon next to the results list in Google, or at the top next to the URL when you are on a site that NewsGuard has evaluated. Hover over the icon to bring up a short evaluation of how well it follows journalistic standards. Click on "See the full Nutrition Label" to view a detailed analysis, with references.

Scholarly Articles

Once you have a solid, general knowledge of your topic, you may have specific questions that only experts and researchers would have studied. Then you'll need to find scholarly journal articles. Below are suggested databases.