Massey Hierarchy of Sources
[This taxonomy is subjective and reflects only what I generally consider to be most and least credible. Your specific audience may disagree.]
1) Articles appearing in academic journals:
2) National & International News Weeklies: [e.g., Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The Economist, etc.]
a) Academic Publishers [
b) Commercial Press – Double Day, Simon & Schuster, etc.
c) Trade Press – Sage etc.
4) Official University & Governmental Reports & Web Pages, Public agencies, and individual reputable researchers’ Web Pages
b) Studies and research reports - subject to credibility of sponsoring organization
[Online versions of authored publications and entities generally have the same credibility as their printed and published versions.]
5) News agencies [e.g., AP, UPI, Reuters, AFP]
Newspapers – [e.g.,
6) T.V. and Radio Shows (including news shows)
7) Non-sponsored [no affiliation with a non-cyber organization] Internet sites and web pages
8) Anything that “everybody” knows