Let’s now look at reliability. At university it is your responsibility to check the reliability of your sources — in other words, you need to check that you can trust what your sources say. Make sure that: you know who wrote something and that they are anauthority on their topic. Anonymous sources are much more likely to be of poor quality and/or contain incorrect information. your sources are up to date (current). You will want to read older sources, but check that you also have the most current information on the topic. the source is likely to be accurate and balanced and that you are aware of possible bias. For example, political reports and newspaper articles may not give a balanced and objective view. you are aware of what ‘reliable’ means for the type of information you need. For example, if you need information about public opinion on a topic, then opinion polls, newspapers and TV programmes will be reliable sources for this information.
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