Citing or Using Reputable Sources

Posted on January 27, 2011

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Regardless of whether a company requires you to cite sources, use reputable sources in and for content you write.

Most online reputable sources have .edu or .gov extensions. For example, the online address for the US Department of Education is http://www.ed.gov/ and the link to the IRS is http://www.irs.gov/. Both have a .gov extension. Colleges and universities, however, typically have a .edu extension. Writers may sometimes find applicable information and studies posted on higher-level education websites.

Online major news sites are quality sources for writing online content. Reuters, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC and other major news channels are excellent sources, as well as major online magazines. Newsweek, Time Magazine, Forbes, Kiplinger’s, USA Today and other similar news or business magazines offer timely information and facts that can be extrapolated and articulated in a fresh new way in a blog post or online article. They are excellent sources for quotes from well-known and respected business people.

I sometimes write online content for clients who prefer news-type stories. I use reputable sources to find information for each article or blog post and, of course, rephrase the information to make it my own. I always check the facts against two or more sources and pick information from both that discusses a certain situation or circumstance to fully eliminate any plagiarism issues.

I never use personal blogs for citing sources and any company that requires you to cite sources will not appreciate them either.

Stick to reputable sources. Go that extra mile and verify your information against two or three reputable sources, even if you are not required to cite them.

This is one way I’ve gained credibility as a writer.

Tell me how you’ve gained credibility as a writer. What do you use for strategy and how does it work for you?

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