Serious writers know that attributing their work to the source lends credibility to their work, but some fail to realize that linking to a questionable source can do more harm than good. Before you create that link to an outside source consider its credibility.
Wikipedia is a storehouse of information, but it is wrought with problems. Entries are user created and may be wrong. That's right. The information you find in Wikipedia has not been verified for accuracy. If you must use information from Wikipedia, follow the references at the bottom back to the original source and double check the information yourself. Then, cite the original source. Citing Wikipedia as a source may turn readers away or cause them to question your information.
You may find valuable information on user submitted sites, but keep in mind that many have not been verified for accuracy. Just because the writer sounds convincing doesn't mean their word is gospel. If you have doubts or questions about the source of the information, check their resources and references. If they didn't provide any, chances are they wrote it off the top of their head and the information may be slanted or inaccurate.
Let's face it, bloggers are free to write what they want on their personal blogs. There is no guarantee that what you find on a personal blog is accurate. Take the time to verify the information before you accept it at face value or use it in your research.
Some of these sites provide detailed information that is based on research, but many simply provide information to convince you to buy their products or subscribe to their service. Use caution when using information that is found only on a commercial site. For example, natural health products often make claims that cannot be verified in an attempt to sell you their remedies. Their information maybe accurate, but take the time to research their claims before you publish it as fact.
Use edu and gov sites when you can. These sites are respected and information has been verified. National organizations, medical centers and other informational sites that provide research-based information build your credibility as a writer. Search for published "studies" or research projects to verify your information.
What you choose to cite as sources for your articles says volumes about you as a writer. Make sure your references are credible to build reader confidence in you as a writer and to produce quality work.
Thank you for the great reference sites!
Great article for creditable references! Thanks
There's some pretty funny things that people believe, especially those who think Wikipedia is a real verified site. Just because it ends in 'pedia' doesn't make it credible!
Great List! I found it very helpful! Thank You.
Smart ListMy5 for the resources writers can certainly use for credibility.
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