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Troubles with Digital Sources

When it comes to the ethical dilemmas and quandaries in the digital public sphere, it is important to approach sources with caution. Especially when it comes to sources like Wikipedia. When examining a source, it is important to find the author or creator of this source. Look into their credentials, see if they have any education in their background. Look to see if they are a part of any distinguished groups. Looking into the author’s background is a good test to see whether or not the source is trustworthy. Another section of the source you can analyze is its bibliography. It is important to make sure that the author or creator of the site is using trustworthy articles or sources in what they are publishing. The best sources for information typically come from primary sources, secondary sources, or peer-reviewed sources.

However, with the internet constantly expanding with the addition of content, it is becoming even more important to be caused when looking for online sources. With sources like Wikipedia, we can never know 100% if the source is valid. In order to avoid this, I do not use sources like Wikipedia for my actual research. Instead, I use it as a jumping-off point. I primarily look at a page’s source list to if any of them are valid and to find other relatable sources to my topic.

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