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How To Check Your Sources

Updated: Feb 3, 2022

We live in a world where information can be gathered and obtained with just a few button pushes plus a small amount of time. With this large amount of accessible information it can be difficult to know if the information you are reading is correct. Starting from a small error in scientific experimentations to someone giving false information to become more popular. False information can spread quickly. Today I will be talking about three different ways to know if you are reading a trusted source. They are: Check for scientific data, compare with other sources, and ask an expert.

Checking for the scientific data behind what you are reading can help you know if what they are saying is correct. Did they give links to their sources? Do they have a degree for the subject they are talking about? These types of questions can help you find the truth about the subject. It may take a lot of digging but eventually you will and can find where the truth is. One fun way if possible to find the truth is you can do experiments to find the data yourself (unless it’s about something really dangerous or non-expiremental like history or nuclear bombs). This way is really fun and exciting, and it could lead you to a future science career

Comparing your source with other sources can be helpful. Let’s just say you read an article on the properties of diamonds. Checking other sources can help you find the small differences and possibly lead you to find the actual truth. Do the two or more articles say different things about the same subject? What similarities do they have? Is there a better source I can look at? Are all good questions to ask when using this approach. Asking an expert about the subject you are reading is the most foolproof but possibly the hardest way to discover the truth. Do you know someone who has a degree or is a professional on the subject? Then contact them! Ask them when a good time to chat about what they do is. Make sure you ask a lot of questions and remember to thank them when you are done. Asking an expert is a great way because they worked hard to learn the information so they could have access to the jobs they would like to have and they would love to share the information with their friends and family. If you don’t know someone personally a good idea is to ask your friends and family if they know someone. That way you get the bonus of learning new things and getting to know someone better.

I hope this article helped you in your journey of achieving true knowledge from the world. Humanities knowledge is becoming more and more accessible every day and sometimes it can be hard to know if the information is true. That’s why we should always check our sources. Today we talked about three ways to do so: Checking for scientific data, comparing your sources, and asking an expert all good ways to do so. There are other amazing ways as well. Don’t just use what I have put here. Use what you find along the way as well and I promise you won’t just learn new things. But you will learn to use those new things for the greater good.



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