Newspapers and magazines
Encyclopedias, archives, and historical documents
Commercial web sites
The author is not credible.
The author is credible.
The site is an .edu site, so its author must be credible.
While it is a .edu site, it is difficult to determine the author's credentials.
The bias in the article is overbearing, flagrant, and unjustified, making it not credible.
While the article is biased in support of capital punishment, its bias is not flagrant or unjustified.
There is not a publication date, and the publication dates of the sources used are not current.
The article is current, and the sources cited are also current.
Ask your instructor about his or her preference for the use of Wikipedia before using it.
Avoid Wikipedia as a credible source.
Write for Wikipedia to ensure the accuracy of information.
Investigate your university's electronic resources first before resorting to Wikipedia.
When taking notes, use your own words and cite the source.
If you use the words an author verbatim, enclose the words in quotation marks and use an in-text citation.
Use direct quotes often as credible evidence needs to be used at all time.
When using your own words when summarizing an author, do not worry about crediting the author.
Track and organize your information so that you know where it came from.
Quotation marks do not need to be used when quoting if you have cited the source.
When in doubt, cite it out.
Ask your instructor questions if you have them.
You will become a more informed employee.
Using credible information helps you become more adept at using information in general.
It makes you look like a smarty pants and ensures you will receive a management position.
Using better information will improve your ability to communicate.