Online articles or resources do not necessarily have to go through a vetting process to be online. There is a lot of information out there and not all of it is reputable.
It is important to use resources at your disposal to decide whether or not the information is something you can use for scholarly research.
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Use the criteria below to help you evaluate a source. As you do, remember:
Credible sources are generally understood to be accurate and reliable sources of information, free from unfair bias. See the evaluation criteria box for help with determining credibility.
A biased source is one in which the creator has a view of the issue at hand that had an effect on how they created the source. From the synonyms above, you can see that this can be to a small or large degree. Everyone has biases, and someone with a bias can still write a worthwhile source, but it is up to you to consider how much of a bias is present. Be aware of the biases inherent when an organization has a legislative agenda or is trying to sell something.