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How to Evaluate Sources


Research writers evaluate sources to determine how well those sources meet their needs and how reliably they present arguments, ideas, and information. Evaluating a source means examining its relevance and use of evidence, its author(s) and publisher. Depending on the nature of your research project, it can also involve assessing timeliness and comprehensiveness. In this research guide, you'll find demonstrations that will illustrate strategies for evaluating four types of sources:

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