Evaluating Information Sources

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Whether you are using books from the library or a page from a web site, it is important to critically evaluate any information source before you use it in your research. Below are some questions that you should ask yourself about the sources you collect.

When was the source published? Is current information important for your topic? How does the date of publication relate to your topic?

Is this a first edition? Several editions of a book may demonstrate that a source has been updated to reflect new information, and may be a standard source in the field.

Is the information from a scholarly journal, a popular magazine, or a trade journal? This is an important indicator of the complexity and authority of the information.



For college level assignments you should use articles from:

a. Scholarly Journals
b. Can't say. It depends on the assignment

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