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Introduction to Research in the University Library (Summer 2018): Evaluating What
You Find

Getting oriented to research in the extensive holdings of the Cornell University Library.

Source Evaluation

Evaluating the sources you find is a crucial step in the process of library research. The questions you ask about books, periodical articles, web pages, or multimedia sources are similar whether you're looking at a citation to the item or have the item in hand.


How to Critically Analyze Information Sources
Lists some of the critical questions you should ask when you consider the appropriateness of a particular book, article, media resource, or Web site for your research.


Distinguishing Scholarly from Non-Scholarly Periodicals: A Checklist of Criteria
Shows how to evaluate periodicals by looking at their format, intended audience, and appearance.


Evaluating News Sources
Learn how to spot fake news and recognize legitimate news online.

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