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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

Types of Sources

Sources for studying white supremacy groups

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