Accuracy is important because errors and untruths distort a line of reasoning.

When you present inaccurate information, you undermine your own credibility.

How do you know if your source is accurate?

  • Are there statements you know to be false?

  • Are there errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar?

  • Was the information reviewed by editors or subject experts before it was published?

  • What citations or references support the author's claims?

  • What do other people have to say about the topic?

Look for:

  • Search for peer reviewed articles in Academic Search Premier and Academic OneFile.

  • Search for book reviews.

  • If possible, verify some of the information in another reputable source (e.g. encyclopedia, journal, book, or web site).

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