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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
- from Wikipedia
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.
Don't Believe Everything You Read
Looking at Information, Credibility & Bias
How can I tell if a source is Credible?
How can I tell what type of source I have or if there is bias?
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