Wikipedia:Essays in a nutshell/Verifiability and reliable sources

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1.5 sources A term that relates to the use of sources that cannot strictly be categorised as being either primary sources or secondary sources. WP:1.5 Low
Allowing forensic crime data If properly used, forensic crime data can be cited as a primary source. WP:FORENSIC
WP:CRIMEDATA
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Articles with a single source If an article is based on only one source, there may be copyright, original research, and notability concerns. WP:ONESOURCE
WP:1R
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Assessing reliability There are a number of ways in which you, as a reader, can assess the reliability of a given article. WP:AREL Low
Attribution needed When perspectives and opinions in Wikipedia are asserted without stating whose they are, an [attribution needed] flag may be inserted. Unranked
Avoiding untrue text in articles Sources should not only be verifiable and reliable, but also "true," in the sense that they accurately represent current academic consensus. WP:TRUTHFUL
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WP:NOTBORNYESTERDAY
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Baby and bathwater Reliable sources are not infallible. Unranked
Children's, adult new reader, and large print sources questionable on reliability Be sure of the reliability of sources that were created for children or adult new readers and of abridged large-print media. WP:CHILDRENSLIT
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WP:LARGEPRINT
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Citations on new phenomena Reliable sources on new subcultures may be difficult to come by. Low
Citation overkill When citing material in an article, it is better to cite a couple of great sources than a stack of decent or sub-par sources. WP:CITEKILL
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WP:OVERCITE
WP:OVERREF
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Law sources as reliable sources Some law sources may not be reliable. Others may be very complicated to use. WP:LAWSOURCES
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WP:LAWBOOKS
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What SYNTH is not Although avoiding original research is an important part of ensuring that Wikipedia content is verifiable, use some common sense about it, and particularly about asserting original research by synthesis. WP:SYNTHNOT Low
You don't need to cite that the sky is blue Although citing sources is an important part of editing Wikipedia, do not cite already obvious information. WP:FACTS
WP:BLUE
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