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ENED 3061 Probability and Statistics I - Finding Data Sets

Evaluating Data Set Credibility

ASK YOURSELF: Is this source SMART?

Determine if your data/statistics are SMART before believing what is reported.

Source: Who or what is the source?

Motive: Why do they say what they do?

Authority: Who wrote the story?

Review: Is there anything included that jumps out as potentially untrue?

Two-Source Test: How does it compare to another source?

Learn more about evaluating the credibility of data sets and statistics from the University of Washington Libraries - Savvy Info Consumers: Data & Statistics

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