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INTR 1020: Introduction to Science Professions (UCBA)

What is Evaluating?

There isn't a checklist that determines if information is credible and trustworthy. Instead, there are questions you can ask yourself to help determine how well a source fits your needs. Keep in mind that the information you find needs to be situated in the context of your research question. 

Preliminary Questions To Ask:

  • Given the source requirements (if applicable), what is the best type of source for the research question? 
  • How will you use this source in your research assignment?
  • What value does this source add to your research assignment?
  • Does the information relate to your research topic and/or answer some aspect of your research question?

Reminder: always review the assignment for any source requirements.

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