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Broad Scholars: Evaluation & Citation Resources

Evaluation & Critical Thinking

There are many sources of information to search when doing research on a particular topic. These can include: books, periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers), Web sites, and government documents. It is essential throughout your research that all sources be evaluated for their usefulness and accuracy. Here are a few questions to ask yourself while you are reading through your sources to help you evaluate: 

  • Who is the author of the work? What do you know about him/her? What makes him/her an expert on the subject?
  • What is the perspective of the author(s)? What is the intent of the piece (to inform, persuade, sell, etc.)?
  • How old is the material? When was the research conducted?
  • Are their other references to this work? Can this research be validated with other sources?
  • Is the research fully referenced with sources to support its argument?

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Citing Your Sources

Find a number of examples of how to cite both print and electronic sources using APA, MLA, and Chicago style, as well as many other styles.

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