How to choose credible sources

How to choose credible sources

Author: Tyler Jensen
  1. Explain what can be considered credible, consistent sources by showing learners what to look for in sources (e.g. sufficient depth, relevance, authority etc.).

  2. Give examples of sources that might not be considered credible (e.g. Wikipedia).

This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how to conduct research for a paper and who is confused about how to choose credible sources. It will explain the difference between reliable and unreliable sources.

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Credible or Not?


When you are looking for information about your topic be sure to choose credible sources. Following a few simple steps will ensure you that your research is worth your efforts. Remember that anything that is published has been examined by the publisher and should be a credible source. So, what makes work credible, and how can you tell the difference between credible and non-credible sources? Think of it like this, if you wanted to learn how to play guitar would you rather learn from a musician or someone that enjoys music? You would want to learn from the more knowledgeable source. Credible sources will give you the best and most reliable information about your topic. Look at the information below to help you determine what sources are credible.