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Tips for evaluating the quality and reliability of information found in books, in articles and on the Web.

Research Tutorials

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Consider the Source


Finding books and articles on your topic is just the first step in doing research. Once you’ve located information, you need to decide what is right for your assignment.

What you really need to know is if the information you’ve found supports the position you take in your paper or project. You need good information from reliable sources as evidence to make a convincing argument.

How can you tell what information will be appropriate for your research?

This tutorial provides tips for assessing information sources to help you decide if the information you have found is appropriate and reliable for your intended use. These same steps should be used to evaluate information you find on the Internet.

The five evaluation elements to consider are: Accuracy, Authority, Currency, Coverage and Purpose

You can use this tutorial by moving sequentially from left to right through each of the tabs or by skipping to a specific tab.