- Pew Research Center - nonpartisan research reports
- Public Policy Institute of California - nonpartisan research reports on California
- Rand - Reports on Energy & the Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation, and other topics.
- Santa Cruz County Assessment Project (2013) - data from surveys and community organizations on quality of life in Santa Cruz from the United Way
Rhetoric: Politics, Advertising, & the Media
- Adweek - An advertising magazine for professionals & consumers
- The Emergence of Advertising in American, 1850-1920 - from Duke University Digital Collections
- FactCheck.org - from the Annenberg Public Policy Center
- Graphis - Awards in Advertising
- Mad Money: TV ads in the 2012 presidential campaign - watch campaign ads and see who's buying ads
- Marketing Gallery - examples from the Center for Alcohol Marketing & Youth
- NPR: Media - News stories on the media
- On the Media - Critical reporting on a range of media issues
- Political Ad Tracker - from USA today and FactCheck.org
- Powers of Persuasion - political posters from WW II from the National Archives
- Presidential Rhetoric - transcripts from campaign & historic speeches
Wikipedias: Pros & Cons
|Worlds largest encyclopedia with millions of entries on obscure topics||Articles are not edited or peer-reviewed|
|Great place to start & identify keywords||
Many instructors will not allow Wikipedia citations because they are not not edited or reviewed
|Updated regularly, sometimes by the second||Articles get vandalized for ideological reasons or just for fun|
|Can include excellent references & external links||Can be skewed or biased -- based on authors interests, beliefs, opinions|
|Anyone can edit Wikipedia -- the people's encyclopedia!||Anyone can edit Wikipedia -- no one checks their credentials or agendas|
Video lecture on Visual Rhetoric (7-minutes)
FOR WEBSITES CONSIDER...
Consider the source--Use recognized authorities. Know who is responsible for the content.
Focus on quality--All Web sites are not created equal. Does the site have an editorial board? Is the information reviewed before it is posted?
Look for the evidence--Rely on research, not opinion. Does the site identify the author? Does it rely on testimonials?
Check for currency--Look for the latest information Is the information current?
Beware of bias--What is the purpose? Who is providing the funding? Who pays for the site?
Source: MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing 2014