Finding Credible Sources

Finding Credible Sources

It is important to only use credible (or trustworthy) sources in your assignments. Usually, these are peer-reviewed articles, academic books and government or medical organisations. You still need to think critically about the information you find and be aware of out-dated or biased statements.

In your assignments, you will be required to use credible material to support your arguments.

You can test whether a resource is credible by applying the REVIEW criteria:

  • Relevance:                       Does the material directly relate to the topic you are discussing?
  • Expertise of Author:      What is the author's background and are they an authoritative source?
  • Viewpoint of Author:     Is the source of the information objective?
  • Intended Audience:       Who is this information written for? Is it being used in the right context?
  • Evidence:                         Has the evidence been collected using a sound research methodology?
  • When Published:            Is the information still current and is the information still important to the field?