On the other hand, a random website written by an unknown person, for example, is less likely to be reliable, and thus we would not recommend you cite this source unless you have a good reason (e.g., to talk about the source’s unreliability) or you verify the information yourself using other reliable sources.
However, the mere fact that information is published online is not reason to dismiss it as unreliable.
Secondary sources present information secondhand—an example would be a textbook summary of a topic or a article.
APA recommends citing primary sources whenever possible, because this allows you to verify the accuracy and completeness of the information yourself rather than rely on someone else to do this for you.
If you have further questions about choosing sources for an APA Style paper, leave a comment below.
Revising and editing are the two tasks you undertake to significantly improve your essay.You should revise and edit in stages: do not expect to catch everything in one go.If each time you review your essay you focus on a different aspect of construction, you will be more likely to catch any mistakes or identify any issues.Many scientific, medical, and governmental organizations—such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health, U. Census Bureau, and even the APA—publish reliable information on their websites and social media sites.Scientists and research organizations might publish blogs or You Tube videos that are worth citing.Two of the most common questions are about whether it’s okay to cite websites and whether sources have to have been published within a certain time frame to be cited, such as the last 5 or 10 years.Let’s set the record straight: Anything that a reader can retrieve, you can cite as a source in an APA Style reference list.Things the reader can’t retrieve (like a conversation, an unrecorded webinar, or a personal e-mail) can be cited as personal communications (see § 6.20). But just because you can cite anything as a source doesn’t mean you should.Rather, APA recommends that sources be reliable, primary accounts that represent the most up-to-date information wherever possible.Some fields develop faster than others, and even within a field, some information will remain relevant for a long time, whereas other information will become outdated.For example, foundational works may be quite old but still worth citing when you are establishing the context for your own work.