Why do you evaluate sources? Why can't you just use whatever you find on the Internet about a topic? Consider these reasons:
- How likely is it that your reader is going to consider your sources and ideas believable?
- If your reader can prove your source was lying or using inaccurate information, what does that mean for your credibility?
- In a world where anyone can say or write whatever they want on the Internet, why should anyone take Internet information at face value?
- Even trusted sources like academic journals or academic publishers can fail to uphold their own standards for credibility, accuracy, and supported research.