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ENGL 1A: Critical Thinking & Writing (Gerigius): Home

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 the pursuit of happiness:

  • Dictionary
  • Encyclopedia
  • Tweets
  • Newspapers
  • News websites
  • News magazine articles (e.g., Time, Newsweek)
  • Magazine articles (e.g., Men's Health)
  • Scholarly journal articles (e.g., The Journal of Happiness Studies)
  • Podcasts / Blogs
  • First person accounts (e.g., oral history, memoir)
  • Speeches
  • Documentaries / Films
  • Photographs
  • Statistics
  • Books