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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.