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Library DIY

Which sources are relevant to my topic?

Not everything in your list of results will be relevant to your specific research question. You can evaluate your results to determine which items it would be worthwhile for you to read. 

citation highlighting article title, date, subjects, and abstract


Consider:

Currency

  • When was the resource published?
  • Does your topic require current information? For example something in the sciences or technology

Relevance

  • Does the information relate to your topic?
  • Who is the intended audience?

Authority

  • Where did you find the information? Did you use library resources?
  • What are the author's credentials/affiliations?
  • Who is the author/publisher/source?
  • Is there contact information such as publisher or email address?

Accuracy

  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Is there a references list at the end?
  • Did the article come from a scholarly journal?

Purpose

  • Do the authors make their purpose clear?
  • Is the information fact, opinion, or propaganda?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, or any kind of biases?

 

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