Sources

What makes ‘Trustworthy News Sources’?

    • An Internet article that provides a list of sources for a newsy article is more trustworthy.
    • An Internet article that is published by a reputable research organization or a respected professor at a reputable university and provides sources is even more trustworthy.
    • Any source is more trustworthy if the author and the publisher are easily identifiable and it is clear that the author and the publisher are not driven by profit.
    • Books are generally considered more trustworthy than the Internet because books are stable and unchanging. An online article can be edited at any given moment, while a book is published as a whole at a specific, identifiable time and date.
    • Books are generally considered more trustworthy because the author and publisher are clearly stated and they are held responsible. When a book publisher publishes a book, that publisher takes responsibility for its truthfulness.
    • An article that is published in a scholarly journal is usually scrutinized for accuracy by the publisher. A publisher-especially a university press–has a reputation to protect.
    • Some sources are “peer reviewed.” These books and articles go before a panel of non-stakeholding professionals for review and assessment. This body of professionals act as a small jury to determine truthfulness. Peer-reviewed articles are very trustworthy.

 

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