The Craft of Research - ISL

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I will detail my understanding of the basic questions used to checked reliability.
- Is the source published or posted online by a reputable press? Meaning if the name behind the source is well-known for being trustworthy, like Harvard University, depending on the field one is researching.
- Was the book or article peer- reviewed? Meaning if someone respectable has said anything good about it. It should have at least one to be acknowledgeable.
- Is the author a reputable scholar? Meaning to check the author's background.
- If the source is available only online, is it sponsored by a reputable organization? Meaning that a web site is only as reliable as its sponsor.
- Is the source current? Meaning that depending on each field, one should check that the source is still valid to use.
- If the source is a book, does it have notes and a bibliography? If not, you have no way to follow up on anything the source claims.
- If the source is a Web site, does it include bibliographical data? Meaning that you cannot trust a source if you do not know who sponsors, controls, maintains, and updates it.
- If the source is a Web site, does it approach its topic judiciously? Meaning that one cannot use a source that uses inadequate language to express its point of view or that lacks credibility in any way.
- If the source is a book, has it been well reviewed? It goes to back the opinion and probable use of the book in a certain field.
- Has the source been frequently cited by others? Meaning to determine how influential the source has become.