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CST 110 - Introduction to Communication (AL): Evaluate Your Sources

Determine How Credible Your Sources Are

Look carefully at several aspects of your source to determine how credible the source is.  For example:

  • Author/Publisher Credentials: Who is the author, and what are the author's credentials?  Who is the publisher of the source, and what is their reputation and mission?.
  • Currency: How current is the source?  Is currency important for your research/assignment?
  • Perspective: What is the source's perspective?  Is it presenting information objectively?  Is it advocating for a particular view (is there bias?)?  Sometimes you do want someone's opinion, but be sure to identify this perspective in your speech or paper.

For college coursework, instructors will sometimes  require that sources are also scholarly.

Learn more about how to identify how scholarly a source is:

Video: Evaluating Sources for Credibility

This video, from North Carolina State University, discusses using some of the ideas on this page to evaluate the credibility of a source.

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