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.
POINTS 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.
|TITLE||POINT OF VIEW|
|America||Liberal Roman Catholic|
|Animals Agenda||Animal rights|
|Atlantic Monthly||Moderate to slightly liberal|
|Brookings Review||Independent economics, moderate|
|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|
|Feminist Studies||Cultural feminist|
|Gender Issues||International feminist|
|Hastings Center Report||Balanced bioethics|
|Human Events||Radical right|
|Media Report to Women||Media issues, feminist|
|New Statesman||Liberal British|
|Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom||Anti-censorship|
|Science and Society||Marxist|
|Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society||Scholarly feminist|
|Time||Moderate to liberal|
|U.S. News and World Report||Moderate to conservative|
|Vital Speeches of the Day||Conservative|