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How do I know if a resource is credible?
That's a great question. Lots of great information is available today, right at our fingertips. But it's important to make sure you're getting good, credible information and can discern what's good, and what isn't.
When searching on the Internet, look for sources that are reliable, accurate and trustworthy.
- The author should have a position of authority, experience or credentials in the field
- Credible research, reports, or studies should include citations to other resources
- Citations and other information should be drawn from such sources as well-known non-profit organizations, respected universities, or government agencies
Whenever possible, seek out studies or papers that are peer reviewed. The peer review process is a form of scientific quality control.
- Scientists subject their research to the scrutiny of other experts in the field (peers)
- Two or more independent experts in the same or similar field consider the scientific method, results and conclusions
- Reviewers are usually anonymous, are not paid for their review, and must not have any conflicts of interest in relation to the research.
Be wary of anonymous websites unless they are associated with known organizations, and be especially cautious of Facebook groups and unsourced information on social media.
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