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Quick Reference Guide to Evaluation Sources
Should you use Wikipedia Articles?
Traumatic Brain Injury
What types of sources were used to create this article? How current was the last update?
Wikipedia has become more selective in its editing process since it began in January of 2001. However, Wikipedia articles are not citable sources for most academic papers.
Wikipedia article may be used as a source for gaining background information or finding other reputable sources.
Examples of both a poor and good article are provided below.
Reference sources like Credo Reference which contain reference material may be a better choice.
Try looking for "traumatic brain injury" in
Credo Reference and see what kind of sources the articles you retrieve are from.
Be a Critical Consumer of Information
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Triangulate information before you assume it is true.
"Don't refuse to believe; refuse to start out believing."
Rheingold, H. (2012). Net smart: How to thrive online. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
If there is no author listed on a website, try
Alexa or Whois, to identify the owner of the website.
To identify rumors and disinformation on the web, use
Another tool for finding out who owns a website. This is especially useful when there is no author listed on a website.
Snopes.com, started in 1995 to debunk rumors and disinformation on the web, continues to do so.
Examine each of these website groupings about similar topics. Which are credible and which are less than credible. How do you know? Use the information in the rubric above.
Search for sites that link to those sites.
See who owns the site.