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Eastern Washington University Libraries

English 197 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 on your laptop or desktop, you can download the extension for free. See Adding NewsGuard to Web Searches for more information.

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. 

Adding NewsGuard to Web Searches

NewsGuard thoroughly evaluates over 8,000 online news sites. Use Microsoft Edge browser and download the extension for free. (Otherwise it's a subscription service, $4.95/month.) Use it on laptops. (NewsGuard claims it will work on the app version on mobile devices, but it isn't in the settings for Apple iOS.)

Adding NewsGuard to Microsoft Edge

Within Microsoft Edge, click on Microsoft Edge in the toolbar, then Microsoft Edge Extensions. Search newsguard and click to add it.

When you click the Get button, it prompts you to create an account in NewsGuard. Click the Sign In button, top right corner, and either create an account or sign in with an existing Apple, Facebook, or Google account.

Once you've created a Newsguard account, it appears to want a credit card for the subscription. Ignore that, scroll down to the bottom, and it says Not ready yet? Maybe later. Click the Maybe later link, and it will add the extension.

Using NewsGuard

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.

screenshot of NewsGuard icons in Google News results page