How do you know if information in a source is credible, reliable, and valid?

Due Thursday 

Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:

  • How might you determine the credibility, reliability, and validity of a source located online? How do you know if information in a source is credible, reliable, and valid?
  • What are the major sections of a journal article? Why is this kind of organization important?

Due Monday 

  • Reply to at least two of your classmates.
  • Be constructive and professional in your responses.

Please note that in-text reference citations and a Reference List consisting of at least one scholarly reference are required on all discussion messages each week that can potentially be applied towards the participation requirement. I recommend using our textbook as your reference on most of these posts! Because this is a graduate course, discussions need to demonstrate scholarship that integrates critical thinking about the course materials.

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It is always a better choice to get information from a source that a person trust such as an educational website or published articles that are reliable. One preference for professionals is to use scholarly articles, the textbook mentions that popular articles often can come with affiliated content. The text book mentions certain criteria to look for when researching credible information which includes “accuracy, authority, objectivity/advocacy, currency, and coverage (Beins, 2012).” When there is no reference information available such as author or publication it is best to check the validity of the content such as relevance of how recent the data is and if there is congruent statements to back up the report. Publication dates are always important when using facts, there can be a change in the results if the date is not recent. There are knowledgeable sites that just want to spread educational data which can often be credible. If sites are using a persuasive tone the information is usually available for other reasons.

Beins, B.C., & Beins, A.M. (2012). Effective Writing in Psychology: Paper, posters, and presentations (2nd ed.). John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Retrieved from The University of Phoenix eBook Collection database.

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Kathryn Pfister

9/20/19, 9:42 AM 

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Who is the Author? Is the author an academic or professional who is writing about research that he or she conducted? How many authors are listed? “For scholarly sources, the authors are usually academic researchers. If the text is a primary scholarly source, the authors are researchers who are reporting the results of their original experiments. In scientific disciplines, because several researchers may work on an experiment, scholarly articles often have more than one author” Beins (2012).

My electronic reserve reading selection for the paper we are writing this week wasn’t about credibility, reliability or validity of a paper but it was the author performing the research so it is credible in that sense. Did anyone else select an article that was not about our topic this week?

Sometimes I find it difficult to expound on topics that I otherwise would not be interested in. My article was on Benchmarking a Web site.

Assessing Your Sources Effective Writing in Psychology: Papers, Posters, and Presentations, Second Edition. Bernard C. Beins and Agatha M. Beins.

© 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Published 2012 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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Ardeth Fields

9/20/19, 1:52 AM 

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Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:

1.   How might you determine the credibility, reliability, and validity of a source located online? How do you know if information in a source is credible, reliable, and valid?

Computers and or the internet have become the most popular way to locate information for essays and in general knowledge. Where you find your information can factor into credibility.

These days Wikipedia is not a source when it comes to being viable information as anyone can go in and add to content. I prefer online text books and online journals. The location is key as well as the author. You must ask questions about the source, do they really know the content? Asking questions and knowing the source is always going to be the key factor.

2.   What are the major sections of a journal article? Why is this kind of organization important?

There are six sections of a journal article are as followed abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion, and references. The abstract gives a general overview of what will be discussed in the paper, it doesn’t matter what format you pick APA or MLA. The introduction gives the reader any information in which they might need to better understand the content of the paper. (Beins & Beins, 2012, p.56) The method and results section takes the whole process and explains what is being accomplished and explains more in detail. (Beins & Beins, 2012, p.57) The discussion section of the paper takes all the information and summarizes it in a paragraph. (Beins & Beins, 2012, p.63) The reference section takes your sources and lists them so your reader can research if need be on where you found your information. (Beins & Beins, 2012, p.65) The way you set up your paper is extremely important as your reader and or audience need to be well versed on your content.

Effective Writing in Psychology: Papers, Posters, and Presentations, Second Edition. Bernard C. Beins and Agatha M. Beins.© 2012 John

Wiley & Sons, Inc. Published 2012 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.e able to follow your points. 

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