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Evaluating Sources

Ask Yourself...

  • Does the information closely relate to your topic or answer your question?
  • Is the source appropriate for your purposes? Is general information sufficient or do you need more detailed information?  Does your professor want you to use only scholarly sources, or are other sources permitted?
  • Is the information at an appropriate level, and not too elementary or advanced for your needs?
  • For whom is the source written? [the general public? an academic audience? highly advanced experts in the field?]