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Controversial topics

Resources and tips for researching and writing about issues

Evaluating Sources

It is important to determine your criteria for evaluating the relevance of retrieved books, journal articles, and web resources. These can include:

  • Credentials of the author(s)
  • Date of publication
  • Type of publication
  • Relevance of content
  • Intended audience
  • References cited - do they tell where they found their information
  • Cited or reviewed by others

Some additional websites with more information about evaluation of resources (especially Internet resources) include:

Evaluating Sources of Information
From the SDSU Library & Information Access. Provides an overview of evaluating both print and electronic resources.

Critically Analyzing Information Sources: Critical Appraisal and Analysis
From Cornell University's Olin and Uris Library.