The CRAAP Test can help determine the quality of websites, but finding the information you need to make this judgment can be more challenging with websites. The guidelines that follow can help you decide if a website is a good choice for a source for your paper.
News outlets, think tanks, organizations, and individual authors can present information from a particular political perspective. Consider this fact to help determine whether sources are useful for your paper.
Check a news outlet's website, usually under About Us or Contact Us, for information about their reporters and authors. For example, USAToday has the USA Today Reporter Index, and the LA Times has an Editorial & Newsroom Contacts. Reading a profile or bio for a reporter or looking at other articles by the author may tell you whether whether that person favors a particular viewpoint.
If a particular organization is mentioned in an article, learn more about the organization to identify potential biases. Thinks tanks and other association usually exist for a reason. Searching news articles about the organization can help you determine their political leaning.
Bias is not always bad, but you must be aware of it. Knowing the perspective of a source helps contextualize the information presented.