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FYS 100-01: Weiger - The 1960s: Decade of Dreams, Protest, and Liberation: Home
How Can We Tell If a Source is Credible?
When doing academic research we have to use credible sources.
How can we tell what sources can be considered as credible?
The research information should be written by experts in the field or well-known author.
You should use academic databases the library provides you access to or respected news sources.
You need to look at web addresses or URLS to see who is publishing the information you are viewing.
You need to look at the date of the materials or website.
Do not use information
from sources you do not know
from social media like blogs or instagram
from biased news sources
from commercial websites
Things to look for
Who is creating this information?
Why is this being written?
How old is the information?
How can I contact this person?
How can I verify this information?
Is anyone benefiting from the release of this information?
Has this information been verified by experts in the field?
What if I am not sure of the answer to these questions? Don't use the source and look for other credible resources.
Credibility and Bias in Sources
Let's take a look at a few sources and see if we can determine how credible they are.