EVALUATING Information Sources

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Once you've located your information sources, your research is not complete. The need to evaluate applies to all information sources, including websites, books, articles, and more. Not everything you see or read is based on truth. Learn ways to verify that the sources are credible, authorative, and relevant to your information need.

You need to be selective. It's tempting to take the first three articles you find, but they may not fully meet your needs. Some may be presented in a style that is inappropriate to your project. Some may not be recent enough for your needs. Some sources may be too broad or too narrow. This module helps you to learn ways to decide whether your sources will be truly useful for a specific project.

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After completing this module, you will be able to:
  • describe the importance of evaluating sources for quality
  • evaluate sources based on several criteria, including currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose
  • determine if the information need has been satisfied or if additional information is needed

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