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Latino Immigration: LAS 0854

Library resources for the Gen Ed course Latino Immigration

How to Choose Your News

Determine Reliability with IMVAIN

IMVAIN description

IMVAIN is a mneumonic used to help evaluate sources that show up in news stories:

Independent sources are preferable to self-interested sources.

Multiple sources are preferable to a report based on a single source.

Sources who Verify or provide verifiable information are preferable to those who merely assert.

Authoritative and/or Informed sources are preferable to sources who are uninformed or lack authoritative background.

Named sources are better than anonymous ones.

Questions to Ask when Evaluating Results

Relevance & Appropriateness

  • Does this pertain to your topic?
  • Is this important to your topic?
  • Will this support your thesis?

Authority & Credibility

  • Who is writing this?
  • Are they qualified to write on this subject?

Accuracy & Verifiability

  • Are there references to check validity?
  • Is the data available on claims made?

Bias & Objectivity

  • Is this author expressing their opinion as fact?
  • Are they trying to sway your viewpoint?

Currency & Timeliness

  • When was this written?
  • Is the date of the information relational to the source?

Scope & Depth

  • Does it have breadth? Broad in scope
  • Does it have depth? Intense in scope Intended

Audience & Purpose

  • Who is this written for?
  • What are they accomplishing by writing this?

Identify "Fake News"