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English 5106: Technical Writing & Digital Communication

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

Evaluating Sources for Credibility

 

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 https://webliteracy.pressbooks.com/chapter/building-a-habit-by-checking-your-emotions/

Consider Various Perspectives

 

Consider Various Perspectives