What is good research? In school we are taught that without citations our papers are useless and stolen. This is about giving credit, but not only are we told to give credit, we are told our sources need to be credible. This means that we can trust a source. In our classes we are taught a multitude of things to ensure that a source is credible, because as academics it is our responsibility to ensure that we are putting our information that is impartial and true to the best of our knowledge. Evaluating a source takes a long time, you have to look at the credibility of multiple components of the source individually. In a study by Kanayo Umeh (2010) it was found through testing that people with increased ignorance on a topic were focused on the knew information more than evaluating the credibility of the source. It also found that based on social heuristics that low-quality sources can be just as persuasive.
Not all information is created equal" - UCSC Library
Though Good Ol' Donald has proven quite a few times that sources who aren't the most credible can be just be persuasive, but it's still important that we know how to evaluated sources, for our own papers but also to evaluate the things we read online. The point of knowing how to find credible sources is trying to get as close to the truth as possible, because of the way that news if presented now it can be hard to find something with out bias. Finding the truth is always worth the time. A few tips for evaluating a source for credibility is looking at three key things, the authorities behind it, the currency (how recent), and the purpose ("Evaluate..." 2017). Authority is important, it is not only who wrote the article, but also an assessment of the bias and credibility of everyone involved as well as the establishment. The currency, especially in scientific articles, is relevant to how often the information changes. Purpose involves how it serves the purpose of the author, but also the purpose (and possible bias) of the people sponsoring the research or author ("Evaluate..." 2017). The truth is out there, just make sure to evaluate the source first.
The truth is out there, but so are the lies" - Dana Scully (X-Files)
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Romm, Joe. "Donald Trump may sound like a clown, but he is a rhetoric pro like Cicero" Thinkprogress. retrieved from www.thinkprogress.org/donald-trump-may-sound-like-a-clown-but-he-is-a-rhetoric-pro-like-cicero-ac40fd1cda79#.ce20gtveh. Accessed 20 Jan. 2017.
Umeh, Kanayo. "Does a Credible Source Also Need a Fearful Audience?" Journal of Applied Social Psychology. vol. 7, no. 7, 2012. doi:10.1111/j.1559-1816.2012.00916.x