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Evaluating the Credibility of Sources

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Dayna Nielsen

on 22 April 2014

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Transcript of Evaluating the Credibility of Sources


the quality of being trusted and believed in.
What is credibility?
What did you come up with?
Ways to determine credibility...
Within the source, are there any sources listed? Did the author consult any outside information when writing their article?

Least credible:
no sources listed

Possibly credible:
sources listed

Most credible:
Citations referencing other credible works or research
Sources Cited
Least credible:

Unfamiliar website
web forum
site of a group with an ulterior motive

Possibly credible:

published material

Most credible:
Official government websites or publications
institutional sites that represent universities
regulatory agencies
governing bodies
respected organizations with specific expertise (e.g. the mayo clinic)
academic journals
eyewitness account
Type of Source
Evaluating the Credibility of Sources
This often requires you to dig a little deeper to find out more about the author before deciding whether or not you can trust him or her.

Least credible:
no author is listed, or author is not trustworthy

Possibly credible:
Educated on topic

Author and Background
Publishing date
Outdated information is normally not reliable or trustworthy, but it depends on the topic.

Least credible:
no publishing date listed

Possibly credible:
outdated (date depends on the topic)

Most credible:
recently published or revised.
How does the information in the source measure up against other sources about a similar topic?

This will require you to explore your options with sources about your topic.
When doing research, how can we determine if a source is credible?
With a partner: brainstorm a list of ideas.
Things to consider when determining credibility:
Type of source
Author & background
Publishing date
Sources cited
Absence of bias
Most credible:
Expert in the field (has education, experience, published other works on the topic, etc.)
Least credible:
there are many stories with opposing views or information that doesn't match up.

Possibly credible:

good response, general approval

Most credible:

matches up with claims in all other stories on topic
Absence of Bias
What is bias?
prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group when compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.
* If something lacks bias, it is
Objective sources are more credible.
Least credible:
clearly biased

Possibly credible:
sponsored source

Most credible:
objective, balanced, neutral
We can't believe everything we read! We need to be able to separate the good info from the bad...
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