Hmm... I can't remember what I voted in the poll. Although thinking about it now, I don't know what I would vote...
The media options (TV, radio, newspapers) is all tampered with to show bias on whatever side they wish and whatever their biggest investor believes.
Libraries are quite often out of date and when you think about history, there is alot of controversy as to what they hold being everything.
Wikipedia is probably the most up-to-date place for information, but it's reliablity is very much under question, a place where almost anyone can change information can't be classed as reliable, even if it is a good source of information.
Search engines tend to give you information about what you need to know, so are reliable in the fact that they are giving you a variety of hosts holding the information you seek. They will always come up with something and it's not the search engines that unreliable but the actually sources themselves.
Online forums/Blog Sites are just bloody dangerous, but to find information about an social event, although possibly tainted by opinions are generally reliable.
Word of mouth is always based on what someone has said plus their opinion and various other spins on it... so generally not very reliable unless from the horse's mouth and even then can be misread/understood.
Q&A sites are opinion/knowledge based and you have no idea who is on the other end of them. For accurate, reliable information of factual knowledge they should be taken with a pinch of salt, for subjective knowledge I'd have said they were good.
Pretty much all of the options have their own bias towards what they are telling and have their strengths in a particular field of knowledge. Everything can be counted as unreliable when you think about it, but on the same note they can be counted as reliable, depending on the information needed and your opinions on the deviancy/censorship of the source. I mean you could hardly call libraries (or any of the above really) to be the best source of information in China for example, especially to find information about the country or information about anything that go against it's government's beliefs.
i would place wiki above the generalization of 'reference books' any day. what people don't realize is that just because something is printed doesn't make it 100% bona fide. lots of reference books are printed by small groups of experts that have their own bias- when was the last time you looked in an encyclopaedia and saw a sign saying 'some of the facts on this page are disputed' and a link to a discussions page debating said facts?
printed encyclopaedias are not sacrosanct. they rely just as much as wiki on reference material that when looked into... often turns out to be debated. only thing is they wont mention it.
you really want to know about something? get as close to the sources as you can.
All the people who selected library clearly didnt think about how fast the information becomes out of date. Google would be the most accurate, providing links to the most up to date and accurate information avaliable. Most of which is put on the web after being published by credible sources.
my school ban wikipedia from academic essays, but do acknowledge it is a good place to start.
i suppose it also depends on what topic of interest you are looking up. i am currently writing on games and there aren't much publications available in the libraries and i find the best place is actually reading through comments and posts by game developers and game designers, and their research papers online.
but "tibetan monks" looks the most interesting on the list so i voted for them
i get news in several different places. i don't watch the news anymore, so now i usually get it from friends or people that i generally know. i never really read books on information unless they're like biographies on people i really like (*cough* abraham lincoln *cough*), and for celebrity, movie, or literature things, i use wikipedia. i can't really say that one is THE MOST accurate though, cuz they all seem like reliable sources (well, except for maybe the friend thing, things get misunderstood a lot by them sometimes)
Most renders to direct track down encyclopidia-facts. Some have another theory, so I don't know what is thrustworthy. Anything religion behold some hypocrites. Definitly do NOT thrust paper, one day they tell this and the day after they tell that, not really expose what REALLY happens between the lines. Alot internet is NOT reliable, even not your own mates, that can lie for their own good, but hey, you thrusted yourself on THIS selection, so that was indeed your call .
Forums, with libraries being a close second. The only reason I picked forums over libraries is that it's easier to see the opposing viewpoints. Libraries are wicked wicked. I should know. I work in one.