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Accuracy
Even if a work is credible, it may not be accurate. It might rely on or present incorrect information. This is a particular problem when the work is old, emotionally charged or addresses a disputed or unclear issue. Look for the following signs to determine whether a work is accurate:

Signs of Accuracy

  • the work uses facts and presents results that agree with your own knowledge of the subject

  • the work uses facts and presents results that agree with those of other specialists in the field

  • the work provides clear explanations of how data was gathered and results were reached

  • the work provides citations and detailed explanations of reasoning

  • the work addresses theories and facts that may negate the main thesis
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