Q. Is Huffington Post a reliable source and why?

Answer

Huffington Post can be tricky to evaluate for reliability and credibility. Here are some considerations:

Who

  • Who is the author?
  • Are they an expert in the topic?
  • Did they do research on the topic?
  • Did they cite their sources? 

When

  • When was the article written? Does the website have a date?
  • Does the content need to be updated?
  • Have things changed in the field since it was written? 

Where

  • Is the information from an already established credible source (example: published book or periodical)?
  • Is there a company or organization taking responsibility for the content?

Why 

  • Is it facts to inform?
  • Is it opinions or biased to persuade the reader?
  • What type of language is used (ex: scholarly and technical vs. popular and common)?  
  • Does it include research? 

What 

  • Do you need facts or opinions?
  • Do you need current or historical information?
  • Do you need scholarly information? 

If you have a specific article and want to determine credibility, contact the Campus Library/ARC.

  • Last Updated Oct 23, 2019
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  1. I attended two different division I colleges and neither would allow students to use Huffington Post as a credible source for any articles.
    by Brandy Bell on Sep 12, 2019.
  2. I was looking for sources for a paper, and I briefly looked at a HuffPost article. Within the first couple of paragraphs, there were multiple comma splices and capitalization errors. I figured the source wasn't credible after that.
    by Katie Alexander on Oct 13, 2019.

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