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History: Library Resources: Evaluation

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Evaluating Sources: Videos

What does "credible source" mean?

What is a credible source?

Credible sources are ones the reader can trust. We trust that the author’s ideas are his or her own and can be backed up with evidence.

When writing a research paper, doing research, or reading for background information, writers should ALWAYS use a credible source. Citing noncredible sources can damage a writer’s relationship with his or her readers.

Keep in mind that the definition of a credible source depends on the audience, the topic, and the discipline. 
from University Writing Center @ Appalachian State University 

  • Scholarly sources are credible; but credible sources are not necessarily scholarly.

 For example: an article from USA Today newspaper or Time magazine is credible, but it is not scholarly. 

  • Scholarly resources are written by experts, reviewed by other experts and provide supporting evidence.