Accuracy seems like the easiest of the criteria for judging an information source. Is the information presented correct, or not? It is a simple concept, but it does not necessarily have easy answer.
There are only two ways of checking accuracy. One is easy but will not necessarily catch all the errors. The other produces extremely powerful evidence, but is difficult and sometimes even impossible to perform.
Bear in mind that the more high-stakes the information source you are planning to create, the greater your responsibility to check the accuracy of information sources for yourself. Scholars are expected to check accuracy for themselves using real world tests when they are publishing something controversial or groundbreaking ideas. If you are writing a dissertation, book, or article in which you argue against the established knowledge in a field, the burden of proof is on you. In this case, your primary research, experiments, or statistical work are critical, and so is reviewing and verifying them.
For your course assignments, you will be expected to:
Feel free to brainstorm ways you could test the information against the real world to find out what was really correct, even if you have no way to carry out those tests. Sometimes these ideas are valuable for discussion groups or to make your paper or presentation more interesting.
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