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#1 mojicanpuertorican

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 07:03 PM

This question is open to fiction too, but I'm thinking of getting a job doing blog posts. They emphasize on making sure the sources are credible which is logical. The question is -- how do I know if it is credible? Are there websites that you can rely on? There's many websites in the internet, but not all are true or are subjective.This day and age it's so easy for information to be twisted that you can't tell the real from the unreal. Any input that's helped you guys out would be greatly appreciated! 



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Posted 02 June 2018 - 07:53 PM

Credible sources are... credible? The ones you'd use for a school paper.

 

You'd never quote Wikipedia or Bob's wordpress page or VaccinesAreOfTheDevil, in a paper you'd hand to a professor, would you? Same rules apply on the Internet as in life.



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Posted 03 June 2018 - 07:16 AM

Former librarian here --

 

The main thing is to double-check, triple-check, etc. Do not rely on just one website for the facts. If you are trying to establish if something is a credible fact, check several different sources. If they agree (or mostly agree) then it is more likely that the info. is a credible fact. 

 

Of course, some websites are more credible than others -- usually you can tell by various factors, such as --

Does the site look professional?

Are there few, if any, misspellings, typos, etc. on the website?

Do article have "bylines" and/or are authors and creators of the content listed somewhere on the site (with at least a brief bio.)?

Is the site directly affiliated with a reputable company, institution, or group?

Does it appear that they are primarily trying to present data or information rather than to sell you something?

Is the contact information legitimate?  (You can check this by checking the listed address, phone number, etc. online to make sure it is valid).

 

Also, if in doubt, visit your local library (public, university, etc.) and work with a librarian to make sure -- they can help to direct you to the best resources!

 

Hope this helps! 






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