Answered By: Kelly Bradish
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2015     Views: 29

Here are a few of the questions to consider when deciding if a source is credible:

  • Who is the author? Is information provided about his or her credentials?
  • Do you have any concerns about the author having a conflict of interest? Do you consider this person to be qualified for the purposes of your assignment?
  • Where did the source come from? Was it published in a journal or book with editors and a review process?
  • How current is the material?
  • Does the author give evidence or support of arguments made? Does his or her research include citations?

The Purdue OWL provides more detail in its Evaluating Sources guide (link below).

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