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Evaluating Sources

Now that you have some possible sources, it is time to evaluate them for both quality and to see if they fit your research topic. Now it is time to TRAAP it.

T

Timeliness

Is it up to date or current? Does the age of the information matter for your research topic?

R

Relevance

Does the information match your topic? Yes? Use the source. Maybe? Keep it to see if you need it later. No? Do not use it.

A

Authority

Determine if the author is an expert. For books, magazines, or newspapers that you find in a library or in a database, an editor or librarian has already checked for authority. Since anyone can publish information on the Internet, it is especially important to check for authority on websites. 

A

Accuracy

Is the information reliable and correct? For books, magazines, or newspapers that you find in a library or in a database, an editor or librarian has already checked for accuracy. Since anyone can publish information on the Internet, it is especially important to check for accuracy on websites. 

P

Purpose

Determine why the information was created. Is the author trying to persuade? Sell? Entertain? Inform? If the author is trying to persuade, take note of that, and you may want to find an opposing viewpoint.

 

Evaluating & Choosing Sources Video

Check out this video to learn more about evaluating and choosing sources


Evaluating Websites Video

Anyone can publish information on the Internet, so you need to be extra vigilant when evaluating online information. This video focuses on that.

Coming soon: web evaluation activity!


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Now that you have chosen your sources, it is time to use your sources.

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