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Which one is the best source for reliable, accurate information? 

32%
2,142 deviants said Libraries
19%
1,276 deviants said Wikipedia
19%
1,251 deviants said Tibetian monks
11%
704 deviants said Search engines (such as Google )
10%
693 deviants said Newspapers/online news places
3%
198 deviants said Online forums and blog sites
2%
128 deviants said Television stations
2%
112 deviants said Word of mouth from friends in real life
1%
93 deviants said Radio stations
1%
40 deviants said Q&A sites

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:iconlolofafadani:
lolofafadani Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wikipedia sucks
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KinjiraretaNingyou Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
my mother.
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melime6 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
scientific articles, they can be found at college libraries. of course, few have patience to actually read them.
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Oigres-Undead Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
years of self investigation and experimentation :/
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ArynChris Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
Depends what you want. Tibetian monks are best, but they may have no info on Star Trek.
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Zavara Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
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Libraries are quite often out of date and when you think about history, there is alot of controversy as to what they hold being everything.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.
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Ithanul Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Student General Artist
I say library. Best choice to me. TV....to much crap on it...well except discovery and history channel.
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:iconmissy7:
Missy7 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Libraries are great, although admittedly I'm a WikiAnswers addict.
Never use Wikipedia - my teachers have put wrong info up just to catch the people using it! Not nice!
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:iconxmlara:
XMLara Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I picked Libraries but I would say archives. ;)
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:iconlucid-light:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
tibetian monks on wiki
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KeanKennedy Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009   General Artist
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.
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:iconrandom-cheeky-monkey:
Encyclopaedias and academic/professional journals/reference books.
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:iconedonidas:
Edonidas Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
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.
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ArchDragon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
To all those people bitching about wikipedia not being reliable, you do know research has been done that claims it is ~95% as accurate as any encyclopedia AND more up to date?

Personally I haven't found a wiki page that has led me astray (I still always back up my wiki info with other sources).
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:iconroopot:
roopot Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
pedia after ive put in the correct info
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:iconreynart:
Reynart Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
I can't believe that that many people by ratio think wiki is even close to reliable.
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:iconzhaomeng:
zhaomeng Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional Filmographer
my school ban wikipedia from academic essays, but do acknowledge it is a good place to start. =D

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 =P
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:iconarhcamt:
arhcamt Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
i use google.
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AlexanderZero Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Peer reviewed, scholarly research is what I would consider to be most trustworthy.
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ErikHodson Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I guess it depends on what you are looking for. I pretty much depend on Rush Limbaugh to find out day to day goings on.
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:icon3zz:
3zz Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Why the hell aren't scientific journals and research papers not on the list?
Goes to show how much you know about accurate information, then.
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:icon3zz:
3zz Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Double negative, my bad. Pick whichever sounds best to you.
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:iconrekano:
Rekano Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I answered Q&A sites, because who answers to you, maybe learned it somewhere in a library, already seeked on Google, been told by friends..

Most reliable ways are:
Q&A sites,library,search engines and online blogs/forum
(didn't knew about tibetan monks eheh)
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seph018 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Libraries! Because I love it to read books! Nuthin' beats that! Not even the st°°;pid internet! :nod:
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sinbad269 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I said Libraries, even if they can be a little outdated.
It's more a collection of all of the above :P
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chibiwolf7 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Nowadays is hard to thrust either since information updates and errors are corrected later. I'd say the monks sound more reliable :D
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Forfirith Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Monks~~ Monks I tell you D: They know everything~
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amichan500 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
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)
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ReevScythe Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, depends a lot on what kind of information do you need, but generally talking, The Wiki is your Answer
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arkangel7666 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
All source be reliable ... at a limit point.

Everybody can make an error, that she(it) is accidental or not.

The virtual defect of the information is to be easily retouchable or handleable, that of the physical appearances is to be accessible(approachable) more with difficulty while being handleable.

The paranoia has of the check sometimes, use the whole
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sweet-666 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
people always go on about wiki not being a reliable source, but for a starting point in any research its a great place...just follow the references at the bottom
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Triluna Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
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 ;).
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Eyenstyn Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Scientific Research Papers are the most trustworthy!
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Geegeet Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wikipedia, duhhhhhhhhh.
If it's on the interwebs, then it must to right.
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MechanicalRage Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Libraries for most things, though newspapers/radio for more recent events.
You can't really trust the media to be entirely accurate, though...
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:iconavalik:
Avalik Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
who said 'Word of mouth from friends in real life' lol?
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:iconkinglude:
KingLude Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Books ftw
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MallonIllustration Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
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.
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ShadowedMoonlight Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
I hope that every one of those 870 people that voted for Tibetan Monks was joking.
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DragenEyez Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
I'd have to go with university library databases that link to research journals. I'm kind of crazy about those; nothing like heavily researched topics with a million references.
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Bozar88 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
i thinnk Forums, because real poeple share their knowlegde there and what's the most important: share their personal experience.
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Xanthochroi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
this one has the opposite outcome of the category one, it went the way i thought it would. at least the top 3...wait...search engines are above newspapers...the world is obviously doomed.
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lightninggaurdian3 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
well first off i dont mind what gives the info and second i had to vote for newspaper
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inkd902 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
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sin-vice Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Student
mostly wiki and google, but voted for Tibetian monks cuz monks are dramatic...
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:iconkrazzt:
Krazzt Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
I prefer to make up my own information.
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:icondracain:
Dracain Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
wisdom > knowledge
--> monks
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predben Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
wikipedia is not reliable as anyone can change the info!
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:iconfaei:
Faei Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Oh my F***ing god, how sad wikipedia is ranked so high.
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phoenixq Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
I am stunded that a lot of people think WIKI is a good source for fact, problem with it is anyone can edit the information which leads to mistakes, misunderstanding and even out-and-out lies.

I use google then cross refrence the information with as many sites as I feel is needed.

I do use wiki but I take its info on a lot of subjects with a pinch of salt.
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