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Links to news and information about hot topics and current events.

News Search Engines

News Search Engines

Both Google and Bing have versions of their regular search engines designed for news search. Only news organizations are searched, rather than the entire web, and the results prioritize the most current information.

Creating Alerts

Example of prompt to create a Google News alert: "Stay up to date on results for <b>same sex marriage</b>." Next to it is a button that says "Create alert".

Google News can create alerts which update you when new articles come out on the topic you searched. At the bottom of your Google News search results, there will be a prompt to create an alert. Click the button to begin.

Options menu for Google News alertsGoogle News will then bring you to a new page that creates a preview of the alert. You can also open a list of options for the alert, including how often you receive one, what types of sources should be included, language, region, the quality of sources, and whether they should be delivered in an email or through an feed that can be loaded into many news apps. When you have selected your options, click "Create Alert".

Bing also allows users to create a feed to keep track of updates. There is a "Subscribe by RSS" link to the right of Bing News results.

Evaluate with the TRAAP Test

Not sure which result to use as a source? Try the TRAAP Test:

Timeliness: Is the information new? What might have changed since this source was published?

Relevance: Is this source on your topic? Is only a section of it on your topic? Does it only cover some parts of your topic? 

Authority: Why should you trust that this author knows what she or he is talking about?

Accuracy: How did the author come up with the information in this source?

Purpose: Why did this author create this source? What is his or her perspective?

Learn more with our Evaluating Sources research guide: