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Guidelines for ensuring your sources are reputable, reliable and sufficient

  1. Start your research by reading an up-to-date account of research in the area. An edited collection of articles, a recent journal article, or an introductory overview to the topic will help you to identify the most recent and significant perspectives.
  2. Check to see whether the author has written other reputable academic publications.
  3. Check to see whether the author and their views are referred to in other academic publications.
  4. Check to see whether the author is listed in bibliographies, reference lists or reading lists.
  5. Check the status of the publisher on the internet.
  6. Omit the source altogether if you have real doubts about its authenticity or validity.
  7. Always check with faculty or departmental staff or handbooks before assuming you should rely mainly on primary sources.
  8. If you are still in doubt about the reliability or the authority of any source, or its suitability to your writing purpose, raise the issue directly with your lecturers or tutors.