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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. 

Of course, vetted sources are a good start but only get students so far. Students must learn to evaluate sources and information themselves. To build those skills, check out our Turn Students Into Fact-Finding Web Detectives page.

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Trustworthy News Sources

NASA Visualization Explorer

Updated stories help kids stay up to speed with space exploration

Bottom line: Weekly updates and striking visuals make it easy for kids to stay informed about NASA's most recent discoveries.

Google News

Breaking stories, customizable home page take students inside the news

Bottom line: Although meant for an adult audience, it’s a fantastic tool to explore news stories and research current events.

NASA Global Climate Change - Vital Signs of the Planet

Tons of climate change info from expert sources in one easy place

Bottom line: This is a one-stop shop for climate change info, from basic intro content to practical guides and raw data; good for middle schoolers and up.

New York Times App

Easy access to news, but most content is available only to subscribers

Bottom line: Provides an easy-to-use news resource, but only section front pages are accessible without a subscription.

NPR One

Trusty podcast app has quality content but lacks learning supports

Bottom line: An enticing free option for connecting current events to content through podcasts, but student engagement hinges on how you incorporate it.

Kid- and Student-Friendly News Sources

TIME for Kids

Kid-friendly news/info resource can help boost brain power

Bottom line: News content is presented in a digestible format, which, along with educator guidance, can help kids learn about key current events and other topics.

Smithsonian: TweenTribune

Trustworthy tween news site has cool classroom component

Bottom line: TweenTribune's questions, quizzes, and educator tools can help kids follow and understand the news; its content may work best with younger users.

News-O-Matic for School, 2016-17 Nonfiction Reading

Flexible, interactive daily stories for elementary school students

Bottom line: Engaging, high-quality news stories help students learn about the world.

News-2-You

Draw kids into weekly news with powerful symbols and voice narration

Bottom line: Students can expand literacy skills, learn about the world, and get involved with discussion questions and activities.

KidsPost

Kid-centric news site could use more comprehensive, timely content

Bottom line: While it doesn't provide complete news updates, analysis, or writing practice, KidsPost content makes for interesting, kid-themed reading assignments.

Newsela

Absorbing daily news stories offer kids just-right learning content

Bottom line: Up-to-date, high-interest articles meet students right at their level: Use this robust tool to bolster students' nonfiction reading practice.

Science News for Students

Cool STEM articles make for fun, informative reading

Bottom line: Science News for Students articles are free, fascinating, and easy to read.

Channel One News

Kids' daily news site a solid starting point for nonfiction learning

Bottom line: Daily news content aimed right at kids is sure to engage, though teachers may want to bring their own additions to round out the site's curriculum.

TimeEdge

Digital news source builds literacy and measures progress

Bottom line: A top-notch digital news source with interactive features; a good tool to add value as students learn critical-thinking and close-reading skills.

The Learning Network

Process current events through engaging NYT-style lens

Bottom line: This free resource can be a reliable source of activities and ideas for current event discussions from a trusted news organization with its finger on the pulse of the world.

PBS Newshour Extra

Accessible, interactive site for news that piques teens' interest

Bottom line: PBS Newshour Extra isn't necessarily exciting, but it does an excellent job of presenting the news in a way that's accessible (and, more important, interesting) to teens.

Primary and Secondary Sources

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Powerful stories and media centralize African-American history

Bottom line: While there aren't ready-to-go curricular materials, this modern, well-curated, and well-contextualized digital collection is sure to inspire compelling lessons.

Smithsonian's History Explorer

Lessons, activities, artifacts, artfully presented by the Smithsonian

Bottom line: A fantastic resource for kids and teachers alike, it has everything you need to fall in love with history.

Library of Congress

Visit our largest library's online collection of multimedia goodies

Bottom line: The Library of Congress delivers the best of America's past and present, but it's a little tricky to navigate.

National Archives

Access U.S. history with treasure trove of docs, genealogy, and other resources

Bottom line: NARA's website wasn't designed for kids, but they can definitely use it to research and learn about history, genealogy, and the U.S. population and government.

Digital Public Library of America

Impressive online collection of historic and cultural artifacts

Bottom line: This epic database of history and culture is a labor of love that all students can benefit from.

American Panorama

Interactive atlas magnifies events in United States history

Bottom line: With layers of learning opportunities, this is a unique interactive resource to supplement curriculum.

Google Arts & Culture

Excellent curation and an unmatched art collection invites exploration

Bottom line: A one-stop shop for a vast amount of compellingly curated and contextualized art, but it's lacking educator supports.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Extensive resource collection supports teaching about the Holocaust

Bottom line: As a valuable resource for anyone teaching or learning about the Holocaust, time to explore and plan is necessary in order to make the materials effective.

National WWII Museum

High-quality resources and activities offer an in-depth study

Bottom line: Materials and activities support a thorough study of World War II, making this a valuable resource for both teachers and students.

Data USA

Elegant treasure trove of data could fuel lessons and projects

Bottom line: An efficient research tool that makes it easier to incorporate stats into a host of lessons or projects focusing on the U.S.

Google Scholar

Academic search engine, an excellent source for credible research info

Bottom line: This smart tool can help teens locate credible material for paper and report writing, general research, and other school projects.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

History and art intersect on the Met's vast, reading-centric site

Bottom line: This resource from the Metropolitan Museum of Art beautifully illustrates art's evolution and is great for research, but more interactivity would help balance out the text-heavy content.

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