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First Year Student Research

Evaluate Sources

Evaluating Sources

Be critical in choosing sources for your research. Take a few minutes to quickly scan and examine the source by yourself. Then answer the following questions about the source. 

  • What would you call your source (or what type of source is your source)?

  • Who wrote and published your source? Does/why does this matter?

  • What do you know about how your article was created? Does/why does this matter?

  • What information could you get from your source for your assignment? Which specialist might it be most useful for?

  • Would this source be appropriate to use in your assignment? Why or why not?

Comparing Different Sources

From NCSU: