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Ingredients of Credible Sources

What are the 3 most important features of a credible source?

  • Reputation of the publication / source
  • Credentials of the author
  • Source is a special interest (e.g., nonprofit, company)
  • Author is unbiased
  • Type of source (e.g. newspaper, book)
  • Information is current
  • Information presented can be verified
  • Lines between facts and opinion is clear
  • Evidence presented supports the conclusion

Suggestions for Improvements

These are suggestions from the Teaching Retreat.

  • In beginning exercise regarding criteria for evaluating, have students make suggestions and create a list on the fly. Can add criteria to their suggestions, if needed.
  • Have a discussion about how to recognize bias in the different sources. This could be either before the doing the source exercise (Nicole suggestion) or after (Gail suggestion).

Types of Sources

Sources for studying white supremacy groups

  • Tweets
  • Newspapers
  • News websites
  • Blogs
  • Presidential statements / news conferences
  • Government websites (e.g., Justice Dept.)
  • News magazine articles (e.g., Time, Newsweek)
  • Scholarly journal articles (e.g., Journal of Communications)
  • Statistics
  • Documentaries / Films
  • Dissertations
  • Books