Q. With online sources in research, is there any instance where the lack of references would be justified and information still be considered credible ?


Thank you for contacting the Online Library.

In most cases, references should be provided to ensure the information is credible.  The credibility of sources depends on many factors.  If needed, you can review these factors in the Online Library > Quick Reference > The Research Process.


On the next page that appears, click Evaluating Resources.


In cases of 'common knowledge,' references are not necessary and may not be provided.  Common knowledge is information that easily verified or widely known. Examples may include:

  • Donald Trump is the current President of the United States.
  • 12 inches equals 1 foot.

These website provide further information about common knowledge.

Please let us know if we can assist further.

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  • Last Updated Mar 11, 2018
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  • Answered By Amanda Henderson

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