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Credible Sources

A brief lesson on choosing research sources wisely

Karen Dittbrenner

on 24 August 2015

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Choosing Credible Sources
Everything on the Internet is True
Television/Internet Video News Broadcasts
"So How do I know if it is a credible source?"
Check for:
accuracy - Is the source of the info clear?
Has someone verified the source or it's author?
Sites ending in….
edu -
usually from educational institutions
a good source of information.
.gov -
government websites
good sources for statistical information
- usually set up for non-profit organizations
watch out for political biases
Who is responsible for the info?
Deciding whether a source is credible and valid can be very hard, particularly when using the Internet.
While fun and interesting to read, blogs are seldom fact based.
Blogs are not a reliable source of information for any type of factual research.
Keep in mind that if you cannot accurately document the information with origin, date, and key information like who, what, when, where, why and how, the source may not be credible.
Decide... credible or not credible.

1. There are 226,542,199 living in the United States.
The big question you need to ask: Who provided the info you are reading?
The info you are getting may not be fully factual but instead influenced with politically based opinions.
Be careful when choosing sites that are published by groups that may have a certain opinion on hot topics such as gun ownership or medicinal marijuana.
Online News Sources
Realize that just because it is the news and is supposed to be true, news is also about entertainment. Therefore, much of it will also have an element of opinion involved.
*Does it provide additional links?
*Does it have a have advertisements related to the topic? If so, it may not be all factual.
objective - *What is the purpose of the site?
Educational or as a public service?
Currency - How old is the information? Is the
date clearly stated on the site?
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 1980
2. There currently are 448 endangered animals in the U.S. .
source: http://ecos.fws.gov/tess_public/pub/boxScore.jsp
as of Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:52:18 GMT
3. It is estimated that 45% of all Americans will end up fighting some type of cancer in their lifetime.
"This essay contains the advice or opinions of one or more Wikipedia contributors. Essays may represent widespread norms or minority viewpoints. Consider these views with discretion."
"A site in which all the hyperlinks are broken might not be a very reliable resource. Broken hyperlinks are not uncommon, due to the ever changing nature of the Web, but when there are many broken links on a site, it might be an indication that the site isn't maintained on a regular basis."
snatched 2/26/2013
source: American Fidelity Assurance Company: Cancer Insurance 2013
It is best to
triangulate your data.
Tri means 3 so triangulating your data means finding the same info in 3 different places.
If one of your sources is Wikipedia or Ask.com, as long as you have found the same info on at least 2 other sites, you can use it. Make sure that 2 of your 3 sites are from reputable sources. Do not use both
wikipedia and Ask.com
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