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MDST 1001 Foundations of Media Studies (McLean): Information, Sources & Evaluating

A guide to the class MDST 1001 Foundations of Media Studies

Knowledge Triangle and Information and Sources

From bottom to top: 1) basic facts, 2) audience and critics' opinions, and3) creators' opinions. These make up media production history. 4) Unbiased analysis of the text and 5) application to concepts and theories make up text analysis.

Knowledge Triangle

Basic facts can be found in newspaper and magazine articles. Audience, critics, and creators' opinions can be found in newspaper, magazine, and trade magazine articles. Unbiased analysis of the text and application to concepts and theories can be found in scholarly and peer-reviewed articles.

Types of Information and Sources

How to evaluate information with 5-Ws and H method. Who? Who wrote it and what are their credentials? Are they part of an organization? Who is it written for (the audience)? What? What is the format of the piece? What is the article/video/piece talking about?  Where? Where did you find the information (newspaper, scholarly article, etc.)?  When? When was it created (currency)? Why? Why was it created? How? How was the information created (methodology)?  How free from error is this information? How objective is the information? How well does the information cover the topic?

Questions to Ask When Evaluating Information

Types of Sources


Evaluate information to understand if it is useful to your project and reliable. One method for evaluating information and sources is using, who, what where, when, why, and how. The resources below can also help guide you through evaluating information.

Media, Communication and Information Librarian

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Stacy Gilbert
Norlin Library
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