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Information Literacy Tutorial: 5. Evaluating Information

Are Your Sources Reliable?

It's important to evaluate your sources!

  • Who? 
    Who is the author or authors?

  • Why? 
    Why is it being published and what's its purpose?

  • How?
    How is it being published? Is there a peer-review process?

  • When?
    When was it published? Does your research need to be timely? Does it need to be from a certain time period?


   Need help finding good sources?
       Use this Source Evaluation Tool

Understand How to Use Evidence Correctly

When synthesizing information from your sources, it is important to avoid logical fallacies (errors in logic.)

The following videos provide examples of what mistakes to avoid when constructing your research paper.

 

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