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Where to Find the Credibility Information for Sources
How to find credibility information
Find the Wikipedia article
- If an author or source is well-known enough, use the Wikipedia article to quickly check for background information and note any controversies.
- The Wikipedia page of a scholarly journal is also a good quick place to check if it is peer-reviewed.
Look on the source itself for bio information
- A journal, newspaper, magazine, book, or website likely has information on it somewhere about the author.
- If there is no author on a website, the website assumes authorship; look for an "About" page but don't use that exclusively.
Search the author or publication online
- Search the name of the author inside quotes, such as "Oliver Sacks."
- Add site:edu for scholarly journal authors.
- Add the word journalist or the name of the newspaper for journalists.
- When there is no information about an author online, consider whether they may have died before online presence was established.
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