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Most Reliable and Credible Sources for Students

Give your students access to trusted, reliable, and credible sources for news, current events, and research. Do you have students working on a research paper? Are they keeping up with the news to build reading and critical thinking skills? It's easy for students to go astray and get duped by untrustworthy, deceptive news sources or research studies. This list will point students in the right direction, toward sites and apps with vetted, fact-based, and fact-checked work. There are kid-friendly news sites and apps that adapt journalism to different reading levels and kids' sensibilities as well as primary and secondary research resources from leading institutions like the Smithsonian and NASA. Of course, we've also curated a few well known sites and apps for older kids and adults like the New York Times and NPR.

If you're looking to also build students' media and news literacy skills, check out our Turn Students Into Fact-Finding Web Detectives page.

Trustworthy News Sources

NBC Learn Visit Website: http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn
Video-centric resource good for discussion starters and research
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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NASA Visualization Explorer Publisher: NASA
Updated stories help kids stay up to speed with space exploration
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Google News Visit Website: https://news.google.com/news/
Breaking stories, customizable home page take students inside the news
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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NASA Global Climate Change - Vital Signs of the Planet Visit Website: http://climate.nasa.gov
Tons of climate change info from expert sources in one easy place
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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New York Times App Publisher: The New York Times Company
Easy access to news, but most content is available only to subscribers
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
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NPR One Publisher: NPR
Trusty podcast app has quality content but lacks learning supports
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows, Fire phone
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Kid- and Student-Friendly News Sources

TIME for Kids Visit Website: http://timeforkids.com
Kid-friendly news/info resource can help boost brain power
Grades K-6
Type Website
Price Free
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Smithsonian: TweenTribune Visit Website: http://www.tweentribune.com
Trustworthy tween news site has cool classroom component
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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News-O-Matic for School, 2016-17 Nonfiction Reading Publisher: Press4Kids
Flexible, interactive daily stories for elementary school students
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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News-2-You Publisher: AssistiveWare
Draw kids into weekly news with powerful symbols and voice narration
Grades 2-6
Type App
Price $1.99 per newspaper; $54.99 per year
Platforms iPad
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KidsPost Visit Website: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost
Kid-centric news site could use more comprehensive, timely content
Grades 2-7
Type Website
Price Free
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Newsela Visit Website: https://newsela.com/
Absorbing daily news stories offer kids just-right learning content
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Science News for Kids Visit Website: https://student.societyforscience.org/sciencenews-students
Cool STEM articles make for fun, informative reading
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free
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Channel One News Visit Website: http://www.channelone.com
Kids' daily news site a solid starting point for nonfiction learning
Grades 3-12
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Price Free, Paid
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TimeEdge Visit Website: timeedge.com
Digital news source builds literacy and measures progress
Grades 7-8
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Price Free to Try, Paid
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The Learning Network Visit Website: http://www.nytimes.com/learning
Process current events through engaging NYT-style lens
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
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PBS Newshour Extra Visit Website: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra
Accessible, interactive site for news that piques teens' interest
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Primary and Secondary Sources

National Museum of African American History and Culture Visit Website: https://nmaahc.si.edu
Powerful stories and media centralize African-American history
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Smithsonian's History Explorer Visit Website: http://historyexplorer.si.edu
Lessons, activities, artifacts, artfully presented by the Smithsonian
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Library of Congress Visit Website: http://www.loc.gov
Visit our largest library's online collection of multimedia goodies
Grades 1-12
Type Website
Price Free
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National Archives Visit Website: http://www.archives.gov/
Access U.S. history with treasure trove of docs, genealogy, and other resources
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Digital Public Library of America Visit Website: http://dp.la/
Impressive online collection of historic and cultural artifacts
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
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American Panorama Visit Website: http://dsl.richmond.edu/panorama/
Interactive atlas magnifies events in United States history
Grades 6-12
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Price Free
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Google Arts & Culture Visit Website: https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/
Excellent curation and an unmatched art collection invites exploration
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Visit Website: http://www.ushmm.org/
Extensive resource collection supports teaching about the Holocaust
Grades 6-12
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National WWII Museum Visit Website: http://nationalww2museum.org/
High-quality resources and activities offer an in-depth study
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Data USA Visit Website: https://datausa.io/
Elegant treasure trove of data could fuel lessons and projects
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Google Scholar Visit Website: http://scholar.google.com
Academic search engine, an excellent source for credible research info
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History Visit Website: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/
History and art intersect on the Met's vast, reading-centric site
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
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