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Forest Management


Ingredients of Credible Sources

  • 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)
  • Date of publication
  • Information presented can be verified
  • Lines between facts and opinion is clear
  • Evidence presented supports the conclusion(s)

Types of Sources

Potential sources for studying public lands:

  • Dictionary
  • Encyclopedia
  • Tweets
  • Newspapers
  • News magazine articles (e.g., Time, Newsweek)
  • News websites
  • Podcasts / Blogs
  • First person accounts (e.g., oral history, memoir)
  • Speeches
  • Presidential statements / news conferences
  • Laws (federal, state, local)
  • Court opinions (federal, state)
  • Federal government agencies (e.g., Department of the Interior, National Park Service)
  • State government agencies (e.g., California Natural Resources Agency)
  • Scholarly journal articles (e.g., Canadian Journal of Forest Research)
  • Magazine articles (e.g., National Geographic)
  • Documentaries / Films
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Statistics
  • Books