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Everyone's topic will have opinion pieces (such as OpEds), news articles (both newspapers and news sites), scholarly articles, websites, and books that will provide a wealth of current information. You will have to look at the date of publication to see how recent any one source is.
Opinion piece - the point is to have an opinion
Note that the purpose of an opinion piece, such as an Op Ed, is to have a bias and share that opinion. Figure out how to interact with this information without using it to support a point that should be more researched.
Everything should be evaluated
All other sources will also make word choices and include and exclude facts, so always notice that wherever you are--what is it really saying? (the 3rd question for evaluation)
Good databases for this part
Newspaper Source Plus provides full-text access to news sources (stuff you may be asked to pay for in Google search) from the local, regional, national, and international stage. ProQuest Central is a great resource for news and other types of articles.