The Fourth Step -Read, Scan and Make Notes!
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Accuracy and Reliability

Whatever you write must be both accurate and reliable. Accurate in its spelling and grammar, accurate in its content (that what you say is true), free from prejudice and bias as far as possible, and honest enough to say where you borrowed your ideas.

Accurate spelling and grammar

All your work should be accurate in this way or your readers won't take you seriously.
If I rite like his,, with lot's of mistaches in my riting, weather speling or tiping - why should you believe that the content of my writing - what I write about - is accurate?
For this kind of accuracy a spell checker - and a grammar checker if you know how to use it - can be a great help. However you shouldn't rely on it.

Try this one minute exercise.


How to Evaluate a Website

While most websites are honest in the way they give their information, some are biased and a few are actively dishonest.

How can we evaluate whether a site is honest and accurate?

Look at

  • authorship
  • reputation of the publisher
  • point of view or bias
  • does it refer to bibliographies and other genuine sources?
  • can we verify its information?
  • is the information up to date?
  • are there any signs of it being propaganda, misinformation or disinformation?

Go here for Evaluating Material

Go here for Propaganda

Go here for Hoaxes

Go here for the McAfee list of Virus Hoaxes

Accurate Content

Sometimes people disagree, sometimes no-one knows the real truth, sometimes one source is right and another is wrong but you can't tell which .... More about accuracy of content


Free from prejudice and bias

If you know where and when and by whom the article was written you may be able to say how reliable the information is.
More about prejudice and bias

Contact Duncan Grey for more information. Last updated 19.07.16