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Transcript of Credible Sources
Is the author an expert in the field?
Are the credentials of the author given?
With which institution, organization or company is the author affiliated?
Has the author written other publications?
Is the publisher well known?
Ex: University press, research center, government agency, self-published
When was this material published? When was it last updated?
Is the information new or is it outdated?
If this is a webpage, are there dead links?
If information is new, have other scholars writing about the same topic come to the same conclusion and/or have the results of the study been reproduced elsewhere by other scholars?
Does the author use citations, references, or a bibliography to verify their information?
If it is a journal, is it peer-reviewed?
Is the information free of spelling and grammatical errors?
Is the writing clear, concise, and easy to understand?
How to Find Credible Resources
Check the table of contents and index for a few of your keywords to see if they are in there
Browse the article abstract to see what the article covers covers
Does the book or article cover what you expected? Does it relate to the topic?
Does the book or article address a topic from a certain time frame and/or geographic area?
Based on your topic, is the material too basic, technical, or clinical?
What audience is the book or article directed towards?
General, scholarly or professional
What is the purpose of the book or article?
Inform, explain, persuade, or sell a product
Is information presented objectively or does it have a bias?
Scan the preface or introduction for a statement on why the book or article was written and what the author hopes to accomplish with it.
If it has a bias (e.g., a specific political or philosophical point of view) does that lessen its usefulness to you?
A Note on Wikipedia...
What Source to Use?