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The digital revolution has made information both readily available and easily accessible. However, learning to navigate through an abundance of information and determine the credibility of a source can be challenging. In this guide we have divided the criteria for evaluating sources into six categories:
Scholarly: Articles or books written and reviewed by scholars or professionals who are experts in their field
Substantive News and Non-Fiction:In depth reliable articles or books on topics of public concern written by journalists or authors for major newspapers, news magazines or publishers
Popular:Articles that reflect the tastes of the general public and are meant as entertainment
Advocacy:Articles or web pages from political parties, activist groups, or religious groups that promote a specific agenda
Personal: Blogs or personal web pages that reflect the opinions and interests of the author. May or may not be factually accurate
Sensational:Magazines such as the National Inquirer, TMZ, and Star that are intended to evoke curiosity or a strong reaction