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Evaluating information

Information comes from a variety of sources and can go through different means of editing and fact checking. Your instructors will rate some sources as more credible, such as scholarly journals, and others as less reliable. All information sources should be evaluated for their usefulness for your research needs.

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Evaluate information by

  • Accuracy
  • Coverage
  • Objectivity
  • Authority
  • Currency