Finding reliable sources

When I taught high school English to juniors and seniors, our biggest project of the year was always the research paper. Seniors had to complete a research paper related to their senior project. Juniors had to write a research paper on one of their U.S. history standards.
 
It was a big dealio. Research cards. Formal outline. Three drafts. Works cited and citations using MLA formatting. (Yes, it was a LOT of work for them . . . and me!)
 
A big part of the teaching related to reliability of sources for their research. I did not allow use of .com or .net sources. I’d joke, “Anybody can throw up a website and call himself an authority. Even I have a website!” The joke would take a moment to settle in . . . and I’d usually get a few laughs.
 
For more than twenty years, I took the seniors to the library at the University of Nevada, Reno, to do research for a day, where a research librarian taught them how to access reliable databases and find books.
 
[There was a devious plan behind that trip. I knew that the toughest part of doing college well was figuring out how to master a university library. The day was a confidence builder.]
 
The end product was a research paper I felt was strong enough to turn in to a college instructor, partly because they learned how to tell if a source was reliable or not. The biggest job I always felt I had was to teach a student to think. The writing came easy when a student could think. And part of that thinking process was learning to discern truth.
 
How do we differentiate fact from that which is false?
 
The book of Proverbs tells us this:
 
“Start with God–the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning” (Prov. 1:7 MSG).
 
If we go with our gut or instincts, those decisions may simply not be reliable without the guidance of God’s wisdom behind them.
 
Listen to more:
 
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you
go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend resent God’s discipline;
don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
a father’s delight is behind all this.” Proverbs 3:5-12
 
That doesn’t mean that God’s plan is an easy plan. That doesn’t mean that things will fall into place if it’s what God wants for us. There may be struggle involved. The plan may take a lot of work and require us to work through challenges.
 
But God will give us knowledge and equip us for every single task. And the best thing is he will be there with us every step of the way.
 
Keep #LookingUp!
 
One way to get more of God’s wisdom into your life is reading through the Bible. Janet administers a Facebook group that reads through the Bible each year. You can contact her about joining that group through her website: https://www.janetmchenry.com. 
 
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