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Research and Learning skills: Evaluating sources

Quick tips

Once you have done the hard work of finding resources for your assignment, the next task will be to evaluate whether those sources are accurate, up-to-date or even suitable to include in your assignment.

Some factors to consider before using the sources for your assignments:

  1. Currency : Is the source is up-to-date and has been recently updated? example: published date.

  2. Relevance : Does the the source meets you information needs as well as the intended audience?

  3. Authority : who wrote it? Is the source reputable? Are there any evidence presented to support their argument such as references, tables of results, graphs?

  4. Accuracy : is the source/information accurate, reliable and truthful?

  5. Purpose : why the source/information was created? Is it biased or presenting personal views?

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