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Writing a research paper: Reliable Sources

This libguide is for those just learning how to research. It will tell what research is, identify different resources for information as well as citing information.

Reliable sources consist of:

Non-fiction books

Magazines

Websites

Newspapers

Library Database collection

​This page gives examples of these and how to tell if they are reliable.

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Books

​Non Fiction

Less than 5 years old

​Biographies

Autobiographies

 

When looking at websites, ensure it shows credibility.  There should be an about us link, and a way to look the company or author up through the site.  Sites should also be no older that 5 years.  

 

While Wikipedia is a good place to start for ideas, it is not considered a reliable source.  Anyone can post or change information on this site.

Newspapers including The Atlanta Constitution and San Francisco Chronicle found on Newspapers.com

​Newspaper articles

Local newspaper (in relation to where events occurred)

​No date limit when writing about an event that took place in history.

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Magazine Examples

Science 

National Geographic
Discover

Technology

​MIT

Wired

Stay away from gossip magazines when conducting research.