Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Sources


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Jerald was given the assignment of finding peer-reviewed research articles on the subject of auto safety. Which of the following statements best describes the kind of articles that Jerald needs to find?

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1. While doing her research, Sally came across documents that included things like the original results of an experiment, eye witness accounts of an event, and legal documents. What kinds of documents did Sally find?

2. How current should an article be in order for it to be reliable?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Evaluating the reliability and validity of a source to determine its credibility means taking several factors into account. This quiz will test your knowledge of factors that go into that determination, such as the type of source, the age of the source, and how the data was compiled.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on the following topics during the assessment:

  • The definition of a peer-reviewed source and an example of such a source
  • Examples of a primary source
  • Factors that contribute to a source's reliability
  • How the age of an article reflects its reliability
  • Picking the most reputable source out of a list of options

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can correctly define main phrases, such as peer-reviewed and primary source
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you can draw the most important information from the related lesson on how to assess the reliability and validity of sources
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how to successfully identify a valid and reliable source and interpret those contributing factors correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about choosing sources, check out the corresponding lesson on Evaluating the Reliability and Validity of Sources. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Determining the validity of a source
  • Defining and exploring an example of a peer-reviewed source
  • Recognizing factors that determine the reliability of a source
  • Defining primary source and secondary source