Depending on your information need, use the following criteria to determine if a source is providing good information.
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Sometimes it is not practical to read an entire book when only a chapter is devoted to the information you are seeking.
Chances are you have noticed every organization has a social media account from which they engage with their users and the world at large. They do this through sharing outside articles, images, recommending books, movies, etc. They also share original content on platforms such as blogs, Facebook statuses, Tweets, and Instagram.
These resources are not inherently unreliable because of the platform, if the authority of the author is still verifiable. The APA provides formatting for citing some of these nontraditional sources such as blogs, online forums and discussion boards, and podcasts. The trouble lies in verifying that authority on social media accounts. Public figures are allowed to verify their accounts which provides a public indicator of the validity of their credibility and identity.
On Facebook a verified account looks like this:
A blue checkmark beside the account name will verify the figure is associated with who they are portraying.
Other social media platforms employ similar iconography to verify identity.
Not every academic is considered a public figure and may not be able to verify their accounts in this method. Some research on the individual (if named) may verify their education, publications, etc.
Open Source academic journals are growing in popularity and these are usually made freely available online, are peer-reviewed, and may be shared on social media or blogs by non-scholarly users (use is still subject to copyright laws and citation guidelines).