Q. Is Huffington Post a reliable source and why?
Huffington Post can be tricky to evaluate for reliability and credibility. Here are some considerations:
- Who is the author?
- Are they an expert in the topic?
- Did they do research on the topic?
- Did they cite their sources?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.
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- I attended two different division I colleges and neither would allow students to use Huffington Post as a credible source for any articles.
- 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.