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USD Information Literacy Lessons: Page 13

The broad focus of these lessons is understanding sources of information, including examples that can help you learn how to access information sources at USD. Each lesson is dedicated to a specific element of information competency.



  • Are produced by commercial publishers
  • Are not peer-reviewed
  • Contain articles written by journalists for non-specialists
  • Communicate information of general interest, to inform, entertain, or persuade
  • Contain short(er) articles written in non-technical language, with no abstracts or citations
  • Contain extensive advertising
  • Are usually published daily or weekly
  • Are usually black and white on cheap paper
  • Some newspapers are available in on-line formats—You can look up newspapers in the "Journal List" to see if the library has the paper in print and/or on-line version.

While most newspapers provide short articles with minimal background information, they are useful for providing up-to-date information on current issues. Some newspapers, like The Christian Science Monitor, are considered authoritative on subjects like international affairs. The New York Times is considered the newspaper of record for the United States.

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