Consider your source's credibility - Ask these questions

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  • Has the author written several articles on the topic, and do they have the credentials to be an expert in their field?
  • Can you contact them? Do they have social media profiles?
  • Have other credible individuals referenced this source or author?
  • Book: What have reviews said about it?
  • What do you know about the publisher/sponsor? Are they well-respected?
  • Do they take responsibility for the content? Are they selective about what they publish?
  • Take a look at their other content. Do these other articles generally appear credible?
  • Does the author or the organization have a bias? Does bias make sense in relation to your argument?
  • Is the purpose of the content to inform, entertain, or to spread an agenda? Is there commercial intent?
  • Are there ads?
  • When was the source published or updated? Is there a date shown?
  • Does the publication date make sense in relation to the information presented to your argument?
  • Does the source even have a date?
  • Was it reproduced? If so, from where?
  • If it was reproduced, was it done so with permission? Copyright/disclaimer included?
  • Is there a bibliography or are there citations/links to related credible sources?
  • Conversely, are there credible sites or sources that refer/link to this content? In what context?
  • Is the content relevant to your thesis statement?
  • Is the tone (academic, casual, etc.) appropriate for your project?
  • Is the data verifiable and accurate?
  • Are there spelling or grammatical errors? If online, are any of the links dead?
  • Is the source comprehensive?
  • Based on previous criteria, decide whether the source is credible overall.