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Credible vs. Scholarly

Credible sources: 

  • Are reliable
  • Are trustworthy
  • Present information based on strong evidence
  • Provide sources used or mined for information
  • Limit bias

Examples include:  newspaper articles, journal articles, magazine articles, reports, conference papers, etc.


Scholarly sources are one type of credible source.  Scholarly sources are written by experts in the field (meaning they have education, training, and experience in the area or topic at hand), provide a lot of documentation regarding where the information that is presented came from (i.e., they cite a lot of sources), and are evaluated or peer reviewed by other experts in the field. 

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