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The format of a source does not determine its accuracy, credibility, or reliability.
Just because a source is published in a particular format does not mean that we should be fooled into thinking that the source is reliable. There have been plenty of academic journal articles, even peer-reviewed articles that have contained bad, wrong, or misleading information. This is why we need to evaluate and fact-check our information sources.
Read this article for a real-world example:
I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Heres How by John Bohannon.
Reflect on what you read
and write a 1-page reflection using one of the following prompts:
What are your reactions to this article? Are you surprised by the success of the authors experiment?
How does all of this information relate to understanding the information creation process? How does this information prove the importance of evaluating sources for reliability, credibility, and accuracy?