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Point of View: Points of View

Point of View

Discovering Point of View

In order to get information on all aspects of your topic you will want to find articles from a variety of sources offering different points of view.  

When you evaluate sources or choose the angle you want to cover in your papers and speeches, identifying point of view (also called subjectivity or bias) in sources is a vital skill. All publications have a viewpoint, which you can use to your advantage. By choosing sources that span a variety of points of view, you will collect sources that address various angles of your topic.

Use those sources to either argue against or to support your thesis.


The following sampler represents some magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and foreign news sources that will provide you with a variety of perspectives and interpretations in a range of viewpoints categorized in five viewpoint gradients from radical left to reactionary right.

Radical Left Left (Liberal) Center Right (Conservative) Reactionary Right
  • Monthly Review
  • World Marxist Review
  • Dissent
  • Humanist
  • In These Times
  • Mother Jones
  • Nation
  • New Internationalist
  • New Republic
  • Progressive
  • Social Policy
  • Atlantic
  • Contemporary Review
  • Harper's
  • New Leader
  • Time
  • Newsweek
  • Public Opinion Quarterly
  • U.S. News and World Report
  • Commentary
  • Intercollegiate Review
  • Newsmax
  • National Review
  • Public Interest
  • Reader's Digest
  • Reason
  • Vital Speeches
  • Human Events
  • Modern Age


Point of View of Specific Titles

Some publications have a specific, established and well known point of view. Use this list below as a general guideline to help you determine the nature of the material that you are reading.

America Liberal Roman Catholic
Animals Agenda Animal rights
Atlantic Monthly Moderate to slightly liberal
Audubon Environmentalist
Brookings Review Independent economics, moderate
CATO Journal Conservative
Christian Century Liberal Protestant
Christianity Today Conservative Protestant
Church and State Separation of church and state
Commentary Moderate to conservative Jewish
Commonweal Liberal Roman Catholic
Dissent Socialist
Economist Conservative British
Feminist Studies Cultural feminist
Foreign Affairs Balanced
Gender Issues International feminist
Greenpeace Environmentalist
Hastings Center Report Balanced bioethics
Human Events Radical right
Hypatia Feminist
Intercollegiate Review Conservative
Interpretation Conservative Protestant
Lilith Jewish feminist
Media Report to Women Media issues, feminist
Moment Jewish
Monthly Review Socialist
Ms. Feminist
Nation Liberal
National Review Conservative
New Republic Balanced
New Statesman Liberal British
Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom Anti-censorship
Newsweek Balanced
Progressive Liberal
Public Interest Conservative
Science and Society Marxist
Sierra Environmentalist
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society Scholarly feminist
Time Moderate to liberal
Tikkun Liberal Jewish
U.S. News and World Report Moderate to conservative
Vital Speeches of the Day Conservative

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