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Evaluating sources: Accuracy

A guide to evaluating the credibility of the sources of information you use in your assignments.



  • Do the facts fit with what you already know? Why / why not?
  • Are there cited (and verifiable) references for its information – this is just as necessary for online resources such as websites etc.
  • Does the information agree with that given by at least 2 other credible resources?
  • Does the information contradict itself?
  • Is the information complete or are there obvious gaps?
  • Do the facts provided seem too good to be true?



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