Answered By: Christine Stark
Last Updated: Aug 17, 2015     Views: 23

A credible source is reviewed by peers with expertise in the field and cites the sources it uses to generate and support its argument. Academic journals are one example of a credible source.  Wikipedia, for example, is not a credible source.  Its contributors are not necessarily authorities, nor are its reviewers; it often does not cite valid references; and those references it does cite can be of dubious authority themselves.  A given article may be completely and verifiably true, but there is no academic authority present to validate its truth.  Wikipedia is useful for finding credible sources about a topic, but should not be taken as a credible source in and of itself.