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English 5106: Technical Writing & Digital Communication (Miller)

Resources to assist in finding and using primary and secondary sources in English.

Evaluating Sources for Credibility


Evaluating Sources for Credibility

What does it mean for a source to be credible? Why is it important to use these sources? How can you tell if a source is credible?

--from NCSU Libraries.

The Four Moves


Check for previous work: 

Check to see if someone else has already fact checked the claim or provided a synthesis of the research.

Go upstream to the source:

Try to find the source of the claim.  Get to the original source and attempt to assess the trustworthiness of hte information.

Read Laterally:

Once you find the source of the claim, read what others are saying about the source.  

Circle back:

If you find yourself going down a confusing rabbit hole, back up, and start over.  You may  make better and different decisions with the information that you have gained.  


The Habit

Check Your Emotions: 

When you feel a strong emotion that pushes you to share a "fact" with others. Stop.  think.  Fact check.  Things that appeal to emotions such as happiness, anger, pride or vindication can override your desire to analyze.  

Caulfield, M. (2017). Building a Fact-Checking Habit by Checking Your Emotions. In Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers. Retrieved from

Consider Various Perspectives


Consider Various Perspectives


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