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  • Have they written several articles on the topic, and do they have credentials to be an expert in their field?
  • Can you contact them? Do they have social media profiles?
  • What do you know about the publisher/sponsor? Are they well-respected?
  • Do they take responsibility for the content? Are they selective about what they publish?
  • Take a look at their other content. Do they appear credible?
  • Does the author or the organization have a bias? Does bias make sense in relation to your argument?
  • Is the purpose of the content to inform, entertain, or to spread an agenda? Is there commercial intent?
  • When was the source published or updated? Is there a date shown?
  • Does the publication date make sense in relation to the information presented to your argument?
  • Is there a bibliography or links to credible sources?
  • Conversely, have credible sources referenced this source (or author)?
  • Is the content relevant to your thesis statement?
  • Is the tone (academic, casual, etc.) appropriate for your project?