CONDUCTING LIBRARY RESEARCH:  EVALUATING SOURCES

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If you're lucky, your research will identify many possible sources of information for your project.  Closer examination of those materials, however, may reveal that some are not appropriate for what you are trying to accomplish.  As you gather sources, you will do some initial evaluation of them.  The author, publisher or source, and date will all be taken into consideration.  Your evaluation of them will continue as you look at them in depth.  Here are things to keep in mind as you evaluate your sources.

Currency of the information

The author's credentials

The publisher or source

Relevance of the information

Reliability and validity of the information

Intended audience, purpose, and perspective