Look carefully at several aspects of your source to determine how credible the source is. For example:
For college coursework, instructors will often require scholarly sources.
Learn more about how to identify how scholarly a source is:
This video, from North Carolina State University, discusses using some of the ideas on this page to evaluate the credibility of a source.
In-Depth Evaluation Strategy:
To dig deeper into the credibility and reliability of a website, you'll need to do more reading and investigating, including:
The video below, from the University of Louisville, discusses "lateral reading", which is a strategy professional fact-checkers use to determine how reliable an online source is.
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