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In this video, you will read through your article and make notes about who wrote it and what the author’s point of view is.

Evaluating the author’s trustworthiness and point of view helps you determine their overall credibility.

An author’s point of view is their attitude toward what they are writing about.

To begin, ask who wrote the article and if the author is a trustworthy source of information.

To do this, perform an internet search about the author.

Try to find out more about who they are, other articles they have written, or where they work.

If the author does not show up in an internet search, it could be a warning sign that the author is made up, and not credible.

If the author’s personal or professional history indicates some type of bias, it might affect the credibility of the article.

If you can’t find the author of your article, look at the website it appears on, or evaluate the organization that published it.

Type any information about who wrote the article in the Who row of your table.

Next, think about what the author’s attitude is toward their subject.

What is their point of view?

Does the author present accurate facts in an unbiased way?

Or does the author seem to be taking sides on the topic?

If the author is strongly for or against an issue, their bias could affect the credibility of the article.

Type your observations about what the author says in the What row of your table.

Then, move on to the next video to consider when, where, and why the article was written.

Now, it’s your turn: Perform an internet search to find out more about the author of your article, Examine what they say about the topic, And add notes to the Who? and What?

rows of your table.

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Instructions
  1. Perform an internet search to find out more about the author of your article.
  2. Examine what they say about the topic.
  3. Add notes to the Who? and What? rows of your table.