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STS 1123: Beyond Big Brother (Spring 2017): EVALUATE
YOUR SOURCES

A research guide for Brian Clarke's First-Year Writing Seminar.

Help for Critically Evaluating Sources

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 Web Pages: Questions to Consider
Offers a table of questions to ask.