Chapter 13-1: What is a credible source?

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A credible source is one that has a reduced probability of containing any of the following types of information:

  • false information

  • dubious speculation

  • misleading information

  • hidden bias

  • hidden agenda

  • misleading purpose

  • fraudulent information

  • incorrect information, or information created by a non-expert, or information from someone claiming to be an expert of questionable background

  • allows an author to publish directly to the public without any intermediary to check his or her work

  • unedited, unverified, or non-peer-reviewed claims or information

  • is not founded on established research and discourse

In other words, a credible source comes from a noteworthy publisher, one that verifies its authors work before publishing it.

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