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ISS 335: Gender, Sex, and Science: Interacting with Information

Reviewing Primary and Secondary Sources: Questions to Raise and Explore

When reviewing any source of information, raising critical questions about its relevance and value to your project is key.  Identifying and using a variety of sources, carefully synthesizing what your find, and sharing your ideas based what you have found are all important parts of research.

Questions to Raise When Reviewing Information Sources:

  • What strikes you or surprises you about the information presented?
  • How would the information be useful for your project?
  • What questions do you have for the author and/or about the topic?
  • Who is the author, and what is her or his point of view?
  • Who is the intended audience for this information?
  • What outside sources does the author use? How would the additional sources be useful for your research?

Evaluating Information Online (video)

Evaluating Information Online (video)

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