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Amandajean Nolte

Passionate Philosophy Presentation #2

Fallacy Assignment

You need to locate and read current newspaper articles (or op-eds, magazine articles, online logs, but not Twitter) for this assignment. There are two ways I recommend locating these news sources.

  1. Peruse the news you already consume and pull it from the open web (you still might need the library to get past the paywalls).
  2. Utilize Rod Library databases to browse current issues of a news source or search by interest/subject area.

Once you locate your articles, you will do a close reading keeping an eye out for different fallacies.

Why checklists are insufficient 

If you have ever worked with an instructor or a librarian that taught you to check the credibility of your sources by using CRAP, CRAPP, CRAAPO, RADAR, SHEEP, SIFT, TRAAP, understand what those checklists do...and don't do. They're pretty good at evaluating ethos but do little to nothing for evaluating logos and pathos. Unfortunately, the only way to truly understand an article's argument is to read the article and critically engage with it. Sorry, no shortcuts here. You have to be able to think for yourself.

Locating logical fallacies entails making careful judgments of the information you encounter. You must be able to recognize the underpinnings of the story. This takes practice. 

  • the balance/neutrality myth
  • consider the organization of the argument
  • what is included/what is excluded
  • check your emotions

Rod Library Access

News Resourcesnewspaper stand located near Book Bistro (second floor of Rod Library)


The Book Bistro (second floor of Rod Library) includes current issues of the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Des Moines Register, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, and Northern Iowan.

You are not required to use physical copies, but sometimes it's nice to flip through a physical product!


Newspaper Titles (Select)

Search Specific Magazine or Newspaper Titles

journal search option within advanced OneSearch

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