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How to choose credible sources

How to choose credible sources

Author: Melissa Stephenson
  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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How to Choose a Credible Source

This slideshow provides audio instruction on how to determine that a source is credible, reliable and valid when researching.

How to Detect a Noncredible Source

This slideshow explains through audio how to detect a source that is not credible and how to ensure that a researcher's sources are reliable, credible, and valid.