Discovery Channel Assignment: Credibility of Experts
I have selected to research Dr. Joe Nickell and Dr. Jack Cohen for this task.
Source 1: Dr. Joe Nickell, a paranormal investigator.
Source 2: Dr. Jack Cohen, a reproductive biologist.
1. Source 1: Dr. Joe Nickell, a paranormal investigator.
The following are screenshots of Dr. Joe Nickel, a paranormal investigator search results from
The following are sources that I would consider as credible sources; jstor.org, buffdo.edu,
and thenewyorker.com. These sources are to be trusted since they have a history of reliable
news and information coverage.
Centerforinquiry.org is one of those source I know that it may present a biased view. The
source has even no author. This makes the information in it partially trusted or not to be
trusted at all, whether it is factual or not.
A source that I see as unfamiliar is Wikipedia. I will approach this source with a lot of care
since some of the information provided in it is facts. Wikipedia is a source worth looking
I would consider some of the sources in the search results from google.com in the search
results in the above screenshot to be credible sources of information regarding Dr. Joe
Nickell, a paranormal investigator. Some of the sources that I would consider credible is
jstor.org, a digital library of academic journals, primary sources, and books. I do not believe
a digital renowned library like jstor.org can provide prints that are not credible to its users, it
would be bad for business. Dr. Joe Nickel is an American author who obviously has a book
on paranormal activities in one way or another since this is his specialty, paranormal
investigations. Having a book about paranormal activities, it is sure that it has at one time
been published in pdf format and uploaded in the jstor.org digital library.
Buffdo.edu is a source that I think is credible on the information about Dr. Joe Nickel. This
article has an author by the name Charlotte Hsu. Scrolling down the article, Charlotte clearly
identifies himself as a News Content Manager working on Sciences, Economic
Development. To further prove his credibility, Charlotte goes ahead to put his contact
information, his telephone number, which I presume is his personal number, his website,
where some of his other content can be obtained, his personal Twitter, and Pinterest account.
With all this information of himself posted in the source, buffdo.edu, it is pretty sure that this
content writer has come up with credible information regarding Dr. Joe Nickell.
Newyorker.com is another source that I thought would be reliable. Just by the name of the
site, you can guess that the information posted in there is going to be reliable information.
The New Yorker is an American magazine published weekly that specifically reports
breaking news, covers profile of people, provides cultural coverage, and also posts videos.
The magazine started its publication in 1925. It is now published 47 times annually. Just at
first glance of the source, I was convinced that I was going to get credible information.
Looking through the website, I noticed there was an author. This is usually my first
credibility check on any source. I have a belief that sources with cl...
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