- Check the domain name.
- Take a closer look at the source.
- Search for additional information to back up what you've found.
- Use certain sources only to jump-start additional research.
Keeping this in view, what are some poor examples of sources?
- consultant sites.
- online encyclopedias (eg. Wikipedia)
- general online dictionaries.
- local newspapers.
Secondly, how do you know if a news source is reliable?
- Identify Your Biases.
- Check the Source(s) of the Information.
- Confirm That the Information Is Reported by Multiple Sources.
- Read Past the Headline.
- Check the Authors & Their Credentials.
- Distinguish Between News & Opinion.
- Watch Out for Older Information.
- Use Fact-Checkers to Validate Content.
What sources should be avoided?
- Wikipedia. Many freelance writers today consider Wikipedia an authoritative resource but there are a few good reasons why a writer should never use Wikipedia.
- About.com. Freelance writers that use About.com heavily will find that they are simply not producing valuable content.
- Message Boards.
- SEO Sites.
What is the most trusted news network?