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HPER H363: Personal Health

How do you know if your information is authoritative?

Read these two articles from Time.com. Which one is "right"?

  1. You Asked: Should I Take Turmeric Supplements? (August 5, 2015)
  2. Turmeric May Not Be a Miracle Spice After All (January 12, 2017)

How do the Time.com articles differ from this one below?

Nelson, K.M., Dahlin, J.L., Bisson, J., Graham, J., Pauli, G. F. & Walters, M.A. (2017), Essential Medicinal Chemistry of Curcumin, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.  DOI: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.6b00975.

Let's define "authoritative" -- what are your criteria?

  • peer-reviewed
  • .edu or .org or .gov in the URL
  • author has some professional credentials
  • current information
  • isn't Wikipedia [check the references at the end of the Wikipedia article]
  • recommended by a professor or librarian
  • validity - checking multiple sources to see if they agree

Evaluating Sources for Credibility

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